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Japan became the only Asian side to progress to the World Cup's last 16 today, slipping through despite losing 1-0 against already-eliminated Poland thanks to their lower tally of yellow cards, which meant Senegal went out. With the tiebreaker, Colombia and Japan advanced to the round of 16 with Colombia winning Group H.

Japan also lost its final match of the group stage, 1-0, leaving both teams tied in points and the most common tiebreakers, point differential and goals scored.

Japan go through to the last due to Fifa Fair Play rule after receiving 3 yellow cards while Senegal received 6. With Japan and Senegal having played out a 2-2 draw earlier in the tournament, their Fair Play record was used to determine who made the knockout stages.

There has been some talk that England might have an easier route at the World Cup if they lose in Kaliningrad.

England and Belgium will take on each other in a clash of the European heavyweights as they battle it out for top spot in their group on Thursday.

Kalidou Koulibaly is not letting talk regarding his future affect his preparations for Senegal's crucial Group H meeting against Colombia in Samara on Thursday.

They could not, and so bow out of the tournament, meaning there is no African nation in the knockouts of a World Cup for the first time in 36 years.

But more on that later, first up - Senegal vs. Colombia will be our focus with Japan and Poland on the second screen.

They kept possession at the back for the remainder of the game and wasted time, despite losing 1-0, as Senegal desperately tried to find a victor.

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