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    World Cup 2018: How yellow card tiebreaker cost Senegal a place in the knock out stage

    Japan reached the last 16 of the World Cup at the expense of Senegal by having a better disciplinary record than Senegal - albeit losing to Poland in their final Group H game.

    Akira Nishino's side finished with the same number of points, goals scored and goals conceded as Senegal, but were shown only four yellow cards to Senegal's six.

    Yerry Mina's second-half header sent Colombia into the last-16, and the 1-0 win over Senegal meant the South American team topped the group ahead of Japan, with those sides facing England or Belgium next.
    Senegal spent the final 20 minutes pushing for an equaliser which would have sent the African side through.

    The Terenga Lions thought they had been awarded a 16th-minute penalty after a tackle by Davinson Sanchez on Liverpool's Sadio Mane, but the decision was correctly overturned by Champions League final referee Milorad Mazic, with VAR showing the Tottenham defender clearly touched the ball with what was a risky challenge.

    Colombia had to win to be sure of their progress but with Poland beating Japan 1-0 in Volgograd, African representation at the World Cup was ended as Senegal failed to secure the point they needed.

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