After the last group match in Group H every football fans was asking the same question. How Japan qualified for Pre Quarter (Round of 16) ahead of Senegal with same Points and Goal difference ? Well, It was simply because of the Fair Play. That means Japan have lesser Yellow cards (3) than Senegal (5) in complete group stages.
On Thursday at Volgograd Arena, what just happened was nothing less than movie climax. It was Japan Vs Poland match, and 59′ minute goal give Poland much needed consolation victory in Group H (1 0 0). Similarly at Samara Area, Senegal was taking on Columbia and unfortunately with 1- 0 margin Columbia took the valid 3 points.
Now the situation was like Columbia with 6 points take the first position in Group H and qualified for Pre Quarter. Only one place remaining for the Pre Quarter (Round of 16) berth. Both Japan and Senegal was equaled with 4 points and now all eyes were on goal difference, which unusually was also the same.
Now big question came, who will qualify for pre quarter from Group H – Japan or Senegal ? But as per FIFA rule, if both points and goal difference are same, next thing should be consider is the Fair Play points from each team. At this points match officials checked the total number of foul cards got by each team (Yellow + Red).
Japan has 3 yellow cards while Senegal has 5 cards. Senegal has no option other than to eliminate out from the 2018 FIFA world cup.
It was heartbreaking for Senegal fans, they were eagerly waiting after the match for the decision. But when it comes, official decision makes their heart broken. Senegal is out of the world cup on account of better Fair play points by Japan !!!!
On other side, Japan fans who were nail biting all these time, started to rejoice after seeing the confirmation that their team is qualified for the pre quarter berth in 2018 FIFA world cup.
Japan is the only Asian country remaining in the 2018 FIFA World cup , and qualified for the Pre Quarter (Round of 16).
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