All Arab, African nations eliminated from World Cup after dramatic group stage

All Arab, African nations eliminated from World Cup after dramatic group stage

All Arab, African nations eliminated from World Cup after dramatic group stage

The group stages at the 2018 FIFA World Cup have been completed with Colombia, Japan, England and Belgium the final four teams to complete the last 16.

Federation Internationale de Football Association plans to review a rule that resulted in Senegal being eliminated from the World Cup because it had more yellow cards than Japan, but is unlikely to remove the measure.

Japan lost 1-0 to Poland on Thursday but survived to become the only Asian side to qualify for last 16 of the World Cup in Russian Federation - and the first team ever to progress thanks to FIFA's new disciplinary tie-breaker rule.

The final spot in the knockout round of the World Cup came down to what is known as "fair play."

Japan manager Akira Nishino expressed his regret for instructing his side to resort to a farcical plan in order to secure qualification for the knockout stages of the World Cup. 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. "I'm not going to ask my players to go on the pitch and try to avoid being issued yellow cards". We have fewer points in fair play and Senegal has not qualified because we don't deserve it.


"I'm just disappointed for my team, for this generation and for these players who fight every single day for our country." said Cisse. It's a sad for us but we knew these were the regulations. Both also have the same goal difference, same number of goals scored in group matches and were also equal on all head-to-head records (The match between the two teams on June 24 had ended 2-2).

The Samurai Blue advanced to the round of 16 at the expense of the Senegalese as a result, and Cisse said it was something he and his team would have to accept.

The elimination of Germany in the first round and several teams failing to shine has left the World Cup wide open. "But, as things stand, we do not see any need to change it".

"Africa should evolve a viable system of football and others sports development which would prepare its teams adequately to surmount officiating and related antics".

"I told (Hasebe) to tell the team to stay put", said Nishino, who added that hanging on for a 1-0 loss was "a very tough decision".

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