Japan slip through to last 16 despite Poland loss

Japan slip through to last 16 despite Poland loss”

Senegal will play Colombia while Japan play already-eliminated Poland.

Colombia top the group with six points after picking up consecutive wins against Poland then Senegal, which preceded a defeat to Japan.

Japan lost their final game of the tournament to already-eliminated Poland, although a late victor for Colombia over Senegal ensured the Asian nation progressed on the basis that they had picked up fewer yellow cards than Senegal over the course of the tournament.

Poland's Jan Bednarek scored the only goal of the match in the 59th minute.

So Japan goes through and next plays the victor of Group G on Monday, while Colombia will face the Group G runner-up Tuesday.

For the winning team in Group G, the second-placed side from Group H will be up next, while the victor of Brazil against Mexico awaits in the quarter-final.

This means that Japan ended the tournament level with Senegal on four points.

When it came down to the fair play tiebreaker, Senegal had accrued two more yellow cards in the group stage than its Asian counterpart.

No Africa team has reached the semi-finals of the World Cup.

Colombia, now sitting in third in the group, needs a win to advance and will need another inspired performance from midfielder James Rodriguez.

Teams are given minus one point for a yellow card, minus three for a sending off for two bookings, and minus four for a straight red.

All eyes will be on Senegal on Thursday afternoon, when they face high-flying Colombia.

When the fair play rule is used as a tie breaker, the side with less bookings advances to the next round.

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