Aliou Cisse Defends 'Committed' Senegal After 2018 FIFA World Cup Exit

The Belgians earned a 1-0 win to top the group with a flawless 3-0-0 record and nine goals scored.

In the evening, Belgium topped Group G after defeating England 1-0, while a complete dead rubber saw Tunisia edge out beat Panama.

Former Manchester United forward Adnan Januzaj made the difference, curling a superb shot past the outstretched hands of Jordan Pickford in the 51st minute.

"I wish I had skipped the second half".

England managed only two shots on goal and earned just 47 percent of possession.

Belgium now face Japan in Rostov-on-Don on Monday while England play Colombia in Moscow on Tuesday in the knockout phase.

Tunisia will return home from Russian Federation with points in its bag.

Africa will not have a representative in the World Cup knockout rounds for the first time since Spain in 1982.

Luis Muriel replaced Rodriguez on Thursday. He was the Man of the Match with an 8.0 rating.

Ireland hold the all-time record for the most World Cup appearances while always progressing past the group stage.

Colombia are the side most England fans would have wanted to avoid in the second round.

"Greater number of points obtained in the fair play conduct of the teams based on yellow and red cards received in all group matches".

"Many debutants were desperate to be involved and that pleases me", he said.

Both teams fielded significantly weakened teams, and the first half was a complete bore. The Lions' failure to capitalize on them ultimately led to their undoing in the second half.

M'Baye Niang was the only Senegal player cautioned in a decisive 1-0 defeat to Colombia in Samara, where Barcelona defender Yerry Mina headed the south Americans' victor on 77 minutes.

This was all despite Japan losing to Poland in the group's other game.

Both Japan and Senegal had scored four goals and equally conceded four goals. If you look back to the last World Cup, they did unbelievably well.

Senegal exits World Cup 2018 on fair-play heartbreak. You've got to keep momentum, play strikers when they are hot.

Samara: Senegal's commitment to producing winning World Cup performances ultimately costly them dear, said coach Aliou Cisse, as they became the first side in tournament history to be eliminated by the fair play regulations.

Colombia's thrilling 1-0 win over Senegal, combined with Japan's loss to Poland, means Los Cafeteros take Group H with six points, winning their final two matches.

According to Metro, incoming Chelsea FC manager Maurizio Sarri is hoping to make Koulibaly one of his first summer signings if he does indeed take over at Stamford Bridge this summer. This tiebreaker is making its debut at the 2018 World Cup.

  • Stacy Allen