Blue sky, green top, yellow card

Colombia centre-backs Davinson Sanchez and Yerry Mina

Centre-back Yerry Mina scored Colombia's opening goal as they beat Poland 3-0

The Senegalese, who ended up with the same points and goal aggregate as Japan in Group H, were locked out on account of more yellow cards collected.

Colombia's Abel Aguilar is carried on a stretcher out of the pitch after being injured during the group H match between Poland and Colombia at the 2018 soccer World Cup at the Kazan Arena in Kazan, Russia, Sunday, June 24, 2018.

But from a precarious position, Mina propelled Colombia to the top of the group when he rose highest at a corner as Senegal reshuffled following a substitution. Japan and Senegal finished tied on almost every tiebreaker, so things had to be decided based on FIFA Fair Play points.

Colombia qualified for the knockout stages of the World Cup after beating Senegal 1-0 in Samara. Neither team had red cards, while Japan had four yellow cards as opposed to Senegal's six, meaning the Samurai Blue edges out the Lions of Teranga.

It was the first time in World Cup history that a team had been eliminated by the amount of yellow cards they had accrued in the tournament.

Japan and Colombia will face Belgium and England in the knockout round respectively.

"This is one of the rules".

"We would have preferred to be eliminated in another way", Cisse said.

Their exit means the African continent will not be represented in the last 16 for the first time since the round was introduced in 1986.

But half an hour into an entertaining first half, Pekerman was forced to tinker when Rodriguez was forced off with an injury and replaced by Luis Muriel.

Adnan Januzaj struck a well-deserved victor with a second-half effort proving too good for Jordan Pickford who was one of only three England players to retain their places from the 6-1 hammering of Panama.

After Nigeria pushed Argentina all the way in their final group game, Senegal became the latest African outfit to suffer heartbreak at the hands of South American opposition and their exit was arguably even harder to take. The Colombians appeared that they had regained form with a 3-0 victory over Poland.

Colombia, who made their World Cup debut in 1962, are hoping to better their quarter-final berth achieved in Brazil four years ago.

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