[Explainer] Understanding the fair play rule that eliminated Senegal from World Cup

Europe had ten of 14 go through, CONCACAF had one of three and Asia had one of five, but none of the five African teams made it out of their group.

It is just Senegal's second appearance at the tournament, after reaching the quarter-finals on their debut in 2002, and they need a point to secure a place in the last 16 against Jose Pekerman's side (5pm kick-off).

"It didn't work out for us at the World Cup, but we're finishing it on a positive note and we're optimistic about the future", the 22-year-old told Polish TV. And in Group G, Belgium beat England 1-0 to win the group and advance to the tougher side of the knockout bracket, while Tunisia exited on a high note, coming from behind to beat Panama 2-1.

Colombia's 2018 FIFA World Cup dream continues on merit, but Senegal's ends on the perceived unfairness of fair play.

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

The Colombia defender scored Group H's decisive goal and takes home MOTM honors.

Africa will not have a representative in the World Cup knockout rounds for the first time since Spain in 1982.

England vs. Belgium kicks-off at 7 pm (BST).

Senegal became the final team to be eliminated from the group stage of the 2018 World Cup on Thursday, and it happened in the most gut-wrenching fashion imaginable. But fair-play points are based on the subjective views of officiating crews, and if you have ever heard the language used to describe African teams-pace and power, etc. -you're left wondering if referees might subconsciously give more cards to African teams than others.

As it turns out, Japan and Senegal were ridiculously tied.

Jan Bednarek scored the lone goal in a 1-0 win over Japan that wasn't enough to lift an otherwise hapless Poland team off the bottom of Group H. Kawashima did it again in the second half to prevent what would have been Tomoaki Nakino own goal.

Poland is going home after a disappointing 1-2-0 record in the group stage, while Japan will play the Group H victor (Belgium or England) at 2 p.m. ET on Monday in the Round of 16.

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