colombia vs poland
Yerry Mina scored on a header in the 74th minute and Colombia defeated Senegal 1-0 Thursday to advance to the World Cup knockout stage. Senegal became the first team ever eliminated by a new tiebreaker – number of yellow cards.
Colombia, which played in the quarterfinals four years ago in Brazil, finished atop its group and is the fourth South American team to advance. Senegal’s elimination means no African teams are left.
Colombia and Japan go on to play opponents from Group G – either England or Belgium, who play later Thursday.
Poland defeated Japan 1-0 in the other group match. Japan and Senegal were tied on all tiebreakers except “fair play points,” based on yellow and red cards. Japan had four yellow cards, Senegal had six.
Unbelievable. For the first time in the history of the World Cup, a team has advanced on the fair play tiebreaker. Senegal and Japan finished level on points, goal differential, goals scored and head-to-head, but Japan finished with four bookings to Senegal’s six.
No team has ever gone out of the World Cup on Fair Play, but that’s what’s about to happen to Senegal if there are no more goals, or if Japan doesn’t get two more yellow cards. As it stands, Japan have four bookings to Senegal’s six.
Huge twist here thanks to a well-executed Colombia corner. This goal means that Senegal and Japan are tied on everything — goals scored, goal differential and head-to-head. That means we’re heading to the fair play tiebreaker, and as it stands, Japan is winning that with fewer bookings. Madness.