How FIFA handles tiebreakers in group play at the World Cup

29 June, 2018, 14:48 | Author: Anita Tucker

Japan, of course, will be toasting the system, and they were more than happy to exploit it on field after learning of Yerry Mina's second-half victor for Colombia in the Senegal match, which set up the "fair play" tiebreaker.

"We know we already have 15 million Senegalese behind us and now we have all the continent".

With two fewer yellow cards, Japan's tally was better than Senegal, and though Nishino acknowledged his regrets in his postmatch news conference about the manner of Japan's progression, he did not apologise for the game's lifeless conclusion.

Belgium moves on and will play Japan Monday at 2 p.m. EDT, while England will take on Colombia Tuesday at 2 p.m., with both games on Fox and Fubo.tv. We heard in the 1990s from people like Pelé that an African team would soon win the World Cup, but here we are in 2018 and an African team has yet to even make the semifinals in a World Cup.

It's the first time in World Cup history that a team has been eliminated on the basis of fair play points. The second-place team would have to face Colombia, a tough opponent, but would get the victor of Switzerland and Sweden in the quarters.

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Japan edged through to the last 16 of the World Cup ahead of Senegal in freaky circumstances, becoming the first team in finals history to advance due to a better fair play record.

Japan had four yellow cards to Senegal's six, so it's Japan advancing thanks to its reluctance to play physically during the group stage.

If two or more teams are equal on the basis of the first step, as happened in the case of Senegal and Japan, then the ranking will be determined by applying to the group matches between the teams concerned using the following criteria.

A goal to Senegal in the other match would have changed the picture completely, but it wasn't to be and Japan limped into the knockout rounds.

African side Senegal, became the victims of the fair play tiebreaker, after they finished level on points with Japan in Group H.

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Senegal defeated Poland 2-1 in their opening game and twice led Japan before settling for a 2-2 draw that left both countries with four points.

Senegal exits World Cup 2018 on fair-play heartbreak.

Neither Japan nor Poland made an effort to win the match after hearing about Mina's goal over in Samara.

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