THE NEWSGHOST, NIGERIA – Yesterday, it was a disappointing afternoon for Senegal and the entire African continent as the only African team poised to qualify for the round of 16 crashed out based on the fair play rule. Senegal went into the match second on the table with four points while their opponent Colombia had 3 points.
The job seemed done already as they only needed one point to secure their place in the next round, but Yerry Mina’s goal in the 76th minute crashed the hope of the Senegalese team.
Both Senegal and Japan had the same points, goals and goal difference before and even after the match and FIFA, the organiser of the tournament, was forced to use the fair play rule which later got Senegal out of the competition because they had a higher number of yellow cards.
This is the first time in the history of FIFA World Cup that a team will be disqualified on the first play basis. According to an international report, it is also the first time no African team will progress from the initial group stage of the competition since 1982.
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