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Anger As Cynical Japan Progress To Next Round Due To Fair Play Rule

Anger As Cynical Japan Progress To Next Round Due To Fair Play Rule

6 yellow cards to 4 yellow cards. That was the difference between the last 16 and a flight home for Senegal after they crashed out of the World Cup at the hands of Colombia.

The Lions of Teranga lost 1-0 to Colombia today and despite Group H rivals Japan losing 1-0 to Poland, it is the Japanese that will progress to the next round of the competition owing to their superior disciplinary record.

This is how the table finished:

group h senegal japan

The rules for qualification meant that goal difference is the primary means to deciding who should go through with teams on the same number of points, after that it comes down to goals scored, after that it's head to head records against the teams concerned.

After that it is goal difference in the group games between the teams concerned is used, then the number of goals scored.

After that the fair play record of the teams concerned comes into account and this is where Japan edged Senegal, by a paltry two yellow cards. That is cruel.

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Many people watching at home could not get their head around the fact that Japan had gone through on the strength of their disciplinary record:

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Senegal's exit was compounded by the final ten minutes of the Japan Poland game which saw the Japanese players play the ball between their defence for the last ten minutes, showing no willingness to get forward. Incredibly cynical, but understandable given that had Japan had conceded a second goal to already eliminated Poland, then it would be them that would finish third, Senegal going through on goal difference in that situation.

Their antics didn't go down well with the footballing public:

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See Also:Japan's Eiji Kawashima Pulls Off One Of The Saves Of The World Cup

Eoin Lyons

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