Senegal sunk by yellow cards as World Cup Round of 16 sealed

The final elimination games of the World Cup group stage were played Thursday, with Senegal becoming the first team in the tournament’s history to be eliminated in a fair play tiebreaker. Poland beat Japan 1-0 and Colombia defeated Senegal by the same score, leaving Senegal and Japan tied on total points. The next tiebreakers were also even — the teams finished with the same goal differential, goals scored, and head-to-head — meaning that the advancing team was decided by the fair play rule, with Japan moving on because it tallied only four yellow cards to Senegal’s six. Colombia will also advance out of Group H. The Round of 16 begins Saturday.

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