African teams have adopted alien style of playing - J.E Sarpong

African teams have adopted alien style of playing - J.E Sarpong

African teams have adopted alien style of playing - J.E Sarpong

Samara: Senegal's commitment to producing winning World Cup performances ultimately costly them dear, said coach Aliou Cisse, as they became the first side in tournament history to be eliminated by the fair play regulations.

It had four more yellow cards than Japan whom they tied on all other aspects but discipline. "We will see what the feedback is, what the situation is but as it now stands we don't see any need to change the rule that's been put in place". "I would like to play both of them because they will pose a fantastic challenge for us".

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

In 2018, with the current crop of African stars such as Egypt's Mohamed Salah and Senegal's Sadio Mane, matching the record from the Spanish World Cup underlines what a disastrous tournament this has been for Africa. "Do not go for any high risks.' I told him not to concede any yellow cards, go 4-1-4-1, defensive, and then I told him to tell the team to 'stay put".

Japan had four yellow cards and Senegal six, and neither nation had a red card, so Japan plays in the round of 16.

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While the fair play tiebreaker is far from ideal, it's likely better than what would have been the case had Senegal and Japan also been tied on yellow cards - the final remaining tiebreaker that Federation Internationale de Football Association has, in that case, is the drawing of lots.

"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. "We will not give up and I think there will be great things in the future".

"We will review after this World Cup", Smith added.

Belgium will be favourites to beat Japan but will be aware that should they see off the Samurai Blue a tough quarter-final against either Brazil or Mexico awaits.

The elimination of Germany in the first round and several teams failing to shine has left the World Cup wide open. Note: According to Federation Internationale de Football Association rules, if two teams are on same points, have same goal difference, scored equal number of goals and are equal on all head-to-head counts, the teams are separated by Fairplay points.

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