Senegal have been eliminated from the ongoing FIFA World Cup tournament in Russia on fair play points after they suffered a 1-0 loss to Colombia in their final Group H game.
Barcelona defender Yerry Mina struck a 74th minute header to condemn the West Africans to a first group stage defeat in their little World Cup history in what’s just their second appearance.
In the other group game, Southampton defender Jan Bednarek scored just before the hour mark to give already eliminated Poland a 1-0 win over Japan.
The result recorded by Senegal meant that they miss out to Japan in the race to qualify for the knockout stage on fair play points after both teams had identical results in the group.
Japan had just four yellow cards in comparison to six yellow cards on the part of Aliou Cisse’s team.
Africa’s last representative in Russia, Senegal become the first team to be eliminated from the World Cup on fair play points.
Group winners Colombia will now play the runners up from Group G (England or Belgium) in the first knockout stage, while Japan face Group G winners (England or Belgium) at the same stage.