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

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They go top of the group with six points while Japan and Senegal are stuck on four points each.

However, Japan have faced an angry backlash for running down the clock in the last 15 minutes despite losing 1-0 to Poland yesterday, gambling that the West Africans would not equalise against Columbia in the other Group H game.

Their advance, though, came only after a risky gamble paid off.

Senegal lost 1-0 to Colombia on Thursday and finished third in Group H, level on points and goal difference with Japan but below them because they collected two more yellow cards.

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"I chose to keep the status quo in our game, and rely instead on the other result". "We will see what the feedback is, what the situation is but as it now stands we don't see any need to change the rule that's been put in place". It was not intentional.

"It was a very tough decision", he explained. They have a very good coach who has very good young talented players like Wague, Balde, Kouyate, Mane, Sabaly, Ndiaye, Coulibaly and Ismaila.

Pekerman's side were largely second best for much of their match against Senegal and had to play 60 minutes without talisman James Rodriguez, who was substituted in the first half with an injury.

When asked if Rodriguez's injury was related to the calf problem that ruled him out of the Japan game, the Colombia boss said: 'At the moment we do not have information, I can't confirm or deny. The Asian country, however, was in second spot on fair-play record.

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In a farcical end to Japan's 1-0 loss to Poland, the Japanese players slowed to walking pace and hardly a single tackle was made.

Nishino then introduced Inui, but Japan barely fought back and were only reprieved after Colombia scored in Samara.

Football journalist Juliet Bawuah went through Senegal's journey in this World Cup and what their elimination means for African football.

Their main man, striker Robert Lewandowski, powered in 16 goals during the qualifiers - but failed to score in Russian Federation, ending his miserable tournament with another spurned chance against Japan.

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"I don't know why, but referees do not like African teams", said electrician Elly Sy, the Senegalese flag painted on both cheeks, echoing the litany of grievances voiced in the local press this week.

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