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Senegal lose to Colombia, exit World Cup on yellow cards

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lost 1-0 to Colombia on Thursday to exit the World Cup at the group stage after losing out to Japan having received more yellow cards.

The African team finished in third place in Group H after collecting four points from one win, one draw and one defeat. This is the same exact number of points collected by Japan who finished in second place. They also scored and conceded the same number of goals as Japan.

The two teams had an almost identical campaign, with the only difference being the number of yellow cards picked by each team. Japan picked up four cards; one against Colombia, two against Senegal and one against Poland, while Senegal picked up six, which secured the qualification to the round of 16 to Japan.

They became the first-ever team to be eliminated from the World Cup by the fair play rule.

Yerry Mina scored a second-half header to give Colombia a 1-0 lead and Senegal kept looking for an equaliser during the remaining 16 minutes. They, however, failed to get the point they needed to secure qualification to exit the tournament.

Colombia will now face England, while Japan will face Belgium in the round of 16.

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