Cisse philosophical in defeat

Cisse philosophical in defeat

Senegal coach Aliou Cisse said he "accepted the rules of the game" as the west Africans were eliminated from the World Cup due to a worse disciplinary record than their direct rivals for a place in the last 16.

Disbelief as Senegal stumble

Disbelief as Senegal stumble

Senegal’s dramatic exit from the World Cup was met with heartache in the capital Dakar on Thursday after the team lost to Colombia, dashing hopes of an African team advancing into the knockout stages.

Tunisia claim first win for 40 years

Tunisia claim first win for 40 years

Neatly-taken second-half goals by Fakhreddine Ben Yousseff and Wahbi Khazri gave Tunisia a 2-1 victory over Panama in their final Group G match in Saransk on Thursday and secured the North Africans their first World Cup finals win in 40 years.

Belgium edge out England

Belgium edge out England

It had been viewed as the game no-one wanted to win but Adnan Januzaj’s fine finish early in the second half gave Belgium a 1-0 victory over England to secure top spot in Group G as both sides made wholesale changes to their lineups.

Japan take advantage of rules to eliminate Senegal

Japan take advantage of rules to eliminate Senegal

The jeers that rained down on Japan during their 1-0 defeat by Poland in Volgograd may suggest otherwise, but the Samurai Blue’s unedifying decision to wind down the clock and forgo the push for an equaliser had ‘fair play’ at its heart.

Senegal broken by Columbian goal

Senegal broken by Columbian goal

Colombia’s Yerry Mina thumped home a second-half header to secure a dramatic 1-0 victory over Senegal on Thursday that catapulted the South Americans into the World Cup last 16 and dumped their African opponents out of tournament.

Japan lose to Poland but go through

Japan lose to Poland but go through

Japan lost 1-0 in a dull game with Poland on Thursday but still became the only Asian side to qualify for the World Cup’s last 16 — and the first team ever to progress thanks to FIFA’s new disciplinary tie-breaker rule.

Iheanacho wasn't fit for Nigeria

Iheanacho wasn't fit for Nigeria

According to Nigeria manager Gernot Rohr, City striker Kelechi Iheanacho was not fit enough to start Nigeria’s crucial World Cup clash with Argentina on Tuesday.

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