World Cup: Fair Play ends Senegal, Colombia to face England

Colombia’s 1-0 defeat of Senegal Thursday catapulted the South American’s to first place in Group H. Poland’s 1-0 win over Japan shook the group around nicely as Senegal was brutally left out.

Poland came into the final group stage game losing its first two matches with the Japanese leading the group. Senegal held onto second and needed a draw against Colombia to see things through.

Unfortunately for Senegal, their six yellow cards were two more than Japan’s four. And following the third matches, the African and Asian squads were equal in points and goal difference which meant disciplinary tallies would break the tie.

Japan’s tidiness sends them to Knockout Round

The Japanese side have clinched their third Round of 16 appearance in five attempts since 2002. But making it past the first phase of knockouts for the first time looks unlikely.

Belgium, a European powerhouse this tournament, will meet Japan Monday in Rostov-On-Don. After resting players Thursday, the Belgians will field the same squad that put a combined eight goals past Panama and Tunisia.

It will be a difficult task for Japan. They’ll have to contaminate their clean discipline record to throw Belgian players off their game.

Showdown in Moscow

England’s (Three Lions) 1-0 loss to Belgium Thursday meant the 1966 World Champions will finish second in Group G. Following the loss comes a match against Colombia (Los Cafeteros) in the Round of 16.

The last time the two met in a World Cup was in France 1998’s group stage when the Three Lions eliminated Los Cafeteros. A 2-0 win in the third match of the tournament was win-or-go-home for both sides and now it’s Colombia’s chance to repay the Europeans.

The South Americans began the tournament with a loss but bounced back nicely against Poland (3-0) and Senegal (1-0) to finish comfortably. England started adequately but rested players and lost against Belgium.