Africa's 'step Back' In Worst World Cup Since 1982

Senegal became the first team in World Cup history to be eliminated due to their disciplinary record in Russian Federation.

In Russia, three African teams - Egypt, Morocco and Tunisia - were out before the third group games started, Nigeria suffered late heartbreak against Argentina and Senegal's exit is ultimately set to become a World Cup quiz question for the ages.

"We were not happy about the situation of course".

"It is our commitment to fair play that has got us through", Tashima told local media today after Japan moved on to face Belgium next week.

Speaking in his post-match press conference (via Balls.ie) Nishino said: "It was just the situation that forced me to make the decision and we did not go for the offence".

Senegal's tally of yellows was six from their win over Poland, draw with Japan and the loss to Colombia. "The squad has the potential for the next World Cup".

The high-risk strategy could easily have gone wrong for Japan had Senegal equalised against Colombia in Samara.

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The fair play tiebreaker is based on the number of yellow and red cards a team has been given throughout the tournament. We have fewer points in fair play and Senegal has not qualified because we don't deserve it.

"We will review after this World Cup", Smith added. Japan collected four. Both teams amassed four points and a goal aggregate of 4-4.

"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.

Cisse was sanguine about Senegal recording a piece of unwanted history as they became the final African side to exit Russian Federation 2018.

"What we're trying to do now is think about what we need to do going forward".

"Africa should evolve a viable system of football and others sports development which would prepare its teams adequately to surmount officiating and related antics".

Much as all hopes were on Senegal, to see if they could replicate what they produced in the Japan/Korea 2002 edition in which they reached the knockout stage after even helping to oust the champions France, other fans believe this was an inexperienced side.

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