Senegal was the victim of a historic first at a World Cup. In equal points, with the same difference in overall goals (0), the same attack (4 goals scored) and a draw between them (2-2), Senegalese and Japanese were decided at fair play!
Before the third match, Japan had three warnings (Kawashima, Inui, Hasebe) against five for the Senegalese (including Niang, Sabaly and Ndoye against … the Japanese). On Thursday, both teams were sentenced to one yellow card. More fair play, with a total of four warnings against six, the Asian team has finally outstripped the one led by Aliou Cisse. “It’s the law of football”, could only comment on the Senegalese coach.
Senegal eliminated, this deprives Africa of a representative in the 8th final for the first time since 1982. Indeed, the other countries such as Morocco, Egypt, Tunisia and Nigeria will not be among the remaining 16.