Senegal exit ensures little-known Irish World Cup record stays intact

Harry Kane's daughter Ivy also showed her support in a sweet way

Japan was one of the bigger surprises of the tournament, as it produced a win over Colombia, a draw against Senegal and a loss to Poland.

Japan advanced as group runner up, with two less yellow cards (four to six) in the tournament.

The Belgium win capped a unusual last day of the group stages in Russian Federation after Colombia earlier qualified top of Group H, with Japan joining them in the knockout phase despite a 1-0 defeat to Poland in Volgograd. However, the South American nation was set to progress as group runners owing to better superior goal difference over Japan.

It is important to note that the fair play conduct rule is applied on the basis of all group matches and not only the fair play conduct during the match between Senegal and Japan in this case.

Both sides - packed with Premier League talent - have sailed through Group G, winning their two games and are now in the curious situation of weighing up whether they even want to top the section.

Basically, FIFA has chose to reward teams that don't collect yellow and red cards. Senegal slips from second to third place and is eliminated from the World Cup due to the third tie-breaker: fair-play points. "This is one of the rules", their coach Aliou Cisse said. We have to respect that.

Senegal were denied a penalty in the first half of their decisive defeat, referee Milorad Mazic initially pointing to the spot when Davinson Sanchez challenged Sadio Mane in the box.

Serena Williams seeded 25th at Wimbledon
Wimbledon have announced that Serena Williams will be the 25th seed at the famous tennis tournament, which starts next week. In May she played in the French Open but was not seeded because she had fallen to 453rd in the world while she was gone.

Egypt goalkeeper El-Hadary becomes oldest player in World Cup history
Egypt fielded Essam El Hadary in their goal - and at the age of 45, he became the oldest ever player to figure in a World Cup . Salah is also clearly not fully fit, but managed to score two goals in his two appearances, one from the penalty spot.

Saudi Struggles For Gulf Oil Producers' Support Ahead Of OPEC Meeting
Saudi Arabia's oil minister said the OPEC ministers will discuss a proposal to increase output by about 1 million barrels per day. But in practice it would mean a much smaller boost of less than a 10th of that amount, effectively from Saudi Arabia.

Mind, the Colombian hordes had little to cheer in the first half as Senegal controlled the pace and flow of the game.

Colombia coach Jose Pekerman said he was relieved his team - who reached the quarter-finals in Brazil in 2014 - were going through from a tough group.

"I'm not too happy about this but I forced my players to do what I said".

England lost 1-0 to Belgium on Thursday night to finish second in Group G.

A drab affair between England and Belgium was settled by a moment of class from Adnan Januzaj, with Jordan Pickford's miniature arms failing to keep the ball out.

Rashford had by a distance England's best chance 25 minutes from time, but again slotted wide with just Courtois to beat. Fair play - which was only introduced as a tiebreaker at this year's World Cup - was then used to split the pair, with Japan's four yellow cards beating Senegal's six.

Bednarek beat his marker at the far post in the 59th minute to volley in a swirling free-kick from Rafal Kurzawa.

Related news:

Hot News

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top North Atlantic Treaty Organisation chief congratulates Erdogan on Turkey election win
Jun 28, 2018 - 01:18
Ince expressed alarm over the powers Erdogan assumes under the new government system which he described as "a one-man regime". In a tweet, Demirtas hailed a "great victory" despite suffering "the biggest injustice of the campaign".

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Watch Granit Xhaka’s Thunderbolt Goal Against Serbia
Jun 28, 2018 - 01:17
Swiss coach Vladimir Petkovic indicated after the win that he was unimpressed by Shaqiri and Xhaka's celebrations. Switzerland's Granit Xhaka celebrates with the controversial symbol after scoring a goal against Serbia .

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top New Details Emerge From Death Of Washington State QB Tyler Hilinski
Jun 28, 2018 - 01:00
The interview comes alongside the debut of a new Sports Illustrated documentary about the family's search for answers. Hillinski is only the second active football player known to have had CTE at the time of his death.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Supreme Court punts again on religious ‘freedom’ to discriminate against gay couples
Jun 28, 2018 - 00:50
Congress from election districts that were later struck down by the courts as either racial or partisan gerrymanders. The Como neighborhood, which is a predominantly African-American neighborhood, is at the heart of the dispute.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top FDA grants first approval of a cannabis-derived medicine
Jun 28, 2018 - 00:47
According to the FDA , Epidiolex reduced cases of seizures when taken in combination with older drugs used for epilepsy treatment. Once the DEA gets the FDA recommendation for how CBD should be scheduled, it has 90 days to decide.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Suarez-inspired Uruguay top Group A
Jun 28, 2018 - 00:40
Those players who are better prepared will play . "It's important that goal scorers score goals", Tabarez said. We wanted to play in the same way we did before.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Egypt goalkeeper El Hadary becomes World Cup's oldest player
Jun 26, 2018 - 03:25
Neither Salah nor his agent commented on the report, which went viral in the football-mad country. He did play, and score, in the second match, a loss to hosts Russian Federation .

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Swedish team unite against racism after online abuse
Jun 26, 2018 - 03:20
Even South Korea after two losses could still advance with a win over Germany and help from Mexico. The Swedes take on Mexico in Ekaterinburg, at the same time as Germany face South Korea in Kazan .

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Online Retailers Lose State Tax Subsidy
Jun 26, 2018 - 03:17
Currently Amazon collect sales tax on Marketplace purchases in just two states, Washington and Pennsylvania. Supreme Court reversed course Thursday, saying states can charge sales tax for online purchases.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Roughly 230,000 gallons of oil spilled in Doon
Jun 26, 2018 - 02:46
Metropolitan Utilities District, which provides the Omaha metro area's drinking water, said it was monitoring the spill. Authorities say crude oil is leaking from one or more of 31 tanker cars that have derailed in northwest Iowa.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Heather Locklear Arrested, Week After Being Taken In For Psychiatric Evaluation
Jun 26, 2018 - 02:33
According to reports, Locklear's mother called 911, claiming that Locklear was acting erratically and threatening self harm. It is unclear now how these new misdemeanors might impact Locklear's parole given her previous arrest for the same offense.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top DeAndre Ayton Already Has A Rivalry
Jun 26, 2018 - 01:23
If you look at where they usually draft it's in the teens to 20. "You don't always see it in professional sports", Rowley said. The Big 12 fell far short of matching its seven NCAA berths with only three first-round picks.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Germany Coach Low: How We Planned Comeback Win Vs Sweden
Jun 24, 2018 - 15:30
Bit of a painful outcome for the boy Ludvig, but we're sure he'll be able to run it off eventually. A win for Germany and a loss or draw for Sweden will see them through to the next stage.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Turks vote for president, parliament in crucial test for Erdogan
Jun 24, 2018 - 14:38
Turkey's opposition candidates have repeatedly complained over the lack of airtime offered by largely pro-government media. Ince further stressed that he would lift Turkey's state of emergency which has been in place over the past two years.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Macron proposes migrant centers in Europe to assess cases
Jun 24, 2018 - 14:33
The centers would be created in accordance with guidelines from the UN's refugee agency UNHCR, Macron said. Macron and Sanchez both stressed the need for a humanitarian but responsible approach to migration .