How Senegal was eliminated by the fairplay rule

Senegal created a piece of unwanted history on Thursday, becoming the first team ever to be eliminated from the World Cup on the fair play rule.

With their game against Colombia looking destined for a draw and Poland beating Japan, Senegal were set to qualify for the last 16 as Group H winners.
Senegal had 2 yellow cards more than Japan which lead to their elimination.
Russia 2018 is the first World Cup in which fair play has been active after it was introduced to all FIFA competitions after Brazil four years ago.
Group H was won by Colombia, whilst Japan progress despite losing 1-0 to bottom of the table Poland.
There were few early chances to speak of, though Senegal were by some distance the better of the two sides.
It was on one of the team’s early forays forward that the first opening came, as Davinson Sanchez brought down Liverpool forward Sadio Mane in the box.
Referee Milorad Mazic pointed to the spot, before being advised by the Video Assistant Referee to review his decision. Having watched the incident on the pitchside monitor, Mazic overturned his original call.
It was a cruel way for a team which has brought so much color and joy to Russia to be eliminated.

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