The concluding day of the first round of matches at the FIFA World Cup saw a team being eliminated from the competition for the first time in its history, on its disciplinary record. Senegal, the last of the African teams remaining, bowed out owing to the higher number of yellow cards collected over the group stage. It also led to a farcical final ten minutes in the other encounter of a tough Group H, as Japan and Poland played a ridiculously passive game to earn a result that was convenient for both teams. The “fair play” rule states that accumulated red and yellow cards will decide progress to the knockout stage if teams finished...
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