Senegal became the first ever team eliminated by the fair play tiebreaker in World Cup history today after a loss to group leaders Colombia. The African side finished group play tied for the second qualification spot in group H with Japan. The two teams also tied on Goal Differential (0), Goals For (4), and head to head group play.
The Fair Play Rule, introduced at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, states that the next tie breaker is yellow cards in effect. The two teams went into their final group matches tied in yellow cards, but M'Baye Niang's 51' yellow card for Senegal put them one above Japan.
Senegal launched attack after attack during the first half of their bout against Columbia. The 31' saw 2014 Golden Boot winner James Rodriguez leave play with an apparent injury. Colombia sat back much of the match, then struck in the 74' with a headed goal by defender Yerry Mina off of a corner kick. The South Americans held on and solidified their advancement in the tournament.
Japan, who lost today to last place poland today, will play group G winners Belgium in the Round of 16 on Monday, July 2nd, and Colombia will square off against England on Tuesday, July 3rd.