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Senegal has been eliminated on fair play tiebreaker

Lukaku celebrates after scoring against Tunisia at the World Cup

"I thought they'd play their Japan style of soccer and get a win". "I don't know why, but referees do not like African teams", said electrician Elly Sy, the Senegalese flag painted on both cheeks, echoing the litany of grievances voiced in the local press this week.

The continent's best result at a World Cup came in South Africa in 2010, when Ghana reached the quarter-finals, losing to Uruguay on penalties after a controversial game which had seen them miss a late penalty to win the game deep into in extra-time. They're all going to support us.

Colombia and England will meet in the last 16 of the World Cup and Jose Pekerman knows Gareth Southgate's side are to be taken seriously.

Colombia defeated Senegal 1-0 in Samara on Thursday to secure their qualification as winners of Group H, before a much-changed England, already through, finished second in Group G following their 1-0 loss to Belgium.

Poland's star striker Robert Lewandowski missed a good chance to double the lead in the 74th minute, meaning he failed to score in all three matches he played at the World Cup in Russian Federation.

Michael O'Neill, Northern Ireland manager and BBC pundit: "It takes you back to World Cups in 1982 and 1986, when we saw games like that".

Colombia's prospects looked bleak a half-hour into the game when playmaker James Rodriguez limped out of the game due to injury.

Taxi driver crashes into group of World Cup fans in Russian Federation
Russian Federation is now hosting the World Cup, and promised "unprecedented" security measures in all cities hosting the games. Moscow police said the driver was a 28-year-old national from Kyrgyzstan, who was now being questioned in custody.

The next tiebreaker would be points earned in matches between the teams that are tied, but Japan and Senegal played to a 2-2 draw when they met in the group stage, so that was a wash as well.

A low-quality game was largely devoid of incident, although Japan goalkeeper pulled off a superb save from Kamil Grosicki.

With both teams resting some key players, it was Adnan Januzaj scoring the only goal of the match to give Belgium a 1-0 win, and top spot in the group.

But with minutes remaining, any kind of urgency went from the game.

Japan had four yellow cards and Senegal six, and neither nation had a red card, so Japan plays in the round of 16.

A team with talent especially in the attacking half, the Polish squad were ranked eighth in the world and were placed against Senegal, Colombia and Japan who were all ranked lower - with the Colombians being the closest at 16th.

The first off day of the tournament comes Friday, before the knockout stage starts Saturday. Japan are still there; they got there by virtue of "fair play" and though it wasn't very fair at the end, they won't care.

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