Japan coach 'forced' to tell team to back off

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Although Japan ran the risk of Senegal scoring in their match, no goal materialised and Japan advanced to the round of 16 in spite of their poor sportsmanship.

Yellow cards often are given more in the late stages of matches, with two issued to Senegal and one to Japan from the 90th minute on when they played on Sunday. "Senegal lost in that game though they drew because it came back to haunt them bexause they went on to lose to Colombia". "There is not much difference between the top teams and the others", he added. "We don't qualify because of fair play, we have a fewer number of points in the fair play but today I'm proud of my team, their work and today Senegal does not qualify because we don't deserve it". I think it's a case of wrong fielding.

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.

Another fan Ken Msonthi said: "Senegal should maintain that team and their coach Alou Cissie".

The Asian side were especially vulnerable as Nishino had excluded some of the squad's most creative players, including midfielder Takashi Inui and Makoto Hasebe, from the starting line-up. "Colombia has performed at the height of each match".

Rodriguez, who was so impressive at the World Cup four years ago, has endured a hard time in Russian Federation so far.

Didier Drogba admits to being concerned with the state of African football as none of the continent's representatives made it past the group stages at Russian Federation 2018. They won all three group games, and a run to the semis like in 1998 is not beyond them.

"Malawi date Morocco just around the corner in September, but what are we doing about it", questioned Joseph Makandanje.

To which someone alluded that the Atlas Lions will definitely vent their frustrations of the World Cup on the Flames.

"I think the players knew all about it", he said.

Senegal's elimination confirmed Africa's worst performance since the 1982 World Cup in Spain, when the continent last failed to get a team past the first round.

After what has been an enthralling round of Group Stage matches, yesterday was a complete stinker.

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