World Cup 2018: Senegal didn’t deserve to qualify, says coach Aliou Cisse

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first_imgColombia’s Yerry Mina thumped home a second-half header to secure a dramatic 1-0 victory over Senegal on Thursday that catapulted the South Americans into the World Cup last 16 and dumped their African opponents out of tournament.Senegal had only needed a point in their final Group H game to reach the next round, but defeat saw them miss out to Japan, who edged them for the runners-up spot by virtue of having a better disciplinary record.It was the first time in World Cup history that a team had been eliminated by the amount of yellow cards they had accrued in the tournament.Both Senegal and Japan, who were beaten 1-0 by Poland on Thursday, finished the group with four points and an identical record in all other respects. Yet the Asian side ended in second position having picked up four yellow cards to Senegal’s six.World Cup 2018: Colombia, Japan in last 16, heartbreak for SenegalColombia, who finished as group winners with six points will face a last-16 match against the runners-up in Group G where England and Belgium battle for supremacy later on Thursday.Group H came down to the finest of margins. #JPN go through ahead of #SEN, with the Lions of Teranga eliminated on Fair Play points. pic.twitter.com/YCDk0hSWmLFIFA World Cup (@FIFAWorldCup) June 28, 2018Defeat for Senegal eliminated them at the group stage in their first World Cup appearance since 2002, and left Africa without a representative in the knockout stages for the first time in 36 years.advertisementFIFA World Cup 2018, Senegal 0-1 Colombia: Highlights”Senegal doesn’t qualify because we don’t deserve it. This is one of the rules,” their coach Aliou Cisse said.”We have to respect it. We would prefer to be eliminated another way… We were fully committed and maybe because we were fully committed we got more yellow cards.”Senegal had been heading through until the 74th minute when Mina rose to meet a corner and sent a bullet header into the turf and bouncing up into the roof of the net.It was a crushing blow to the Senegalese who had been the better side for most of the game and had a penalty award overturned in the first half after a VAR review.They had looked set to take the lead in the 17th minute when Liverpool forward Sadio Mane went down in the area under a challenge from Davinson Sanchez and referee Milorad Mazic pointed to the spot.The VAR system has not been universally acclaimed at this tournament, but television replays appeared to show Sanchez get his heel on the ball, before clattering into Mane, and after reviewing his original decision, Mazic agreed.Colombia had got off to a poor start and suffered a blow early on when playmaker and talisman James Rodriguez was forced off injured.After his display in their last match against Poland, Colombian hopes had again been pinned on the shoulders of Rodriguez, who had spearheaded their run to the last quarter-finals four years ago.(With Reuters inputs)last_img

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