With so much at stake for each team and simultaneous matches of Japan vs. Poland and Colombia vs. Senegal on Thursday, Group H looks set to provide a thrilling finale to the group stage of the tournament.
If England and Belgium were to finish with the same number of fair play points, Federation Internationale de Football Association would draw lots to decide first place in the group. It's a sad for us but we knew these were the regulations. Yep, Senegal have been eliminated because they picked up more yellow cards that the Japanese.
"We're going to do our utmost to get to the last 16 and I think we have everything we need to do that".
He said: 'Deciding it on bookings is mad.
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When already-eliminated Poland stunned Japan 1-0 in Volgograd and Senegal suffered a 1-0 defeat, it left Japan and Senegal with the same points and the same goals difference.
Fans pay big money to attend World Cup matches for the experience and to be entertained but neither Japan and Poland cared about that on this occasion.
"African football is making a lot of progress", Cisse said.
"I think it should be more of a positive thing rather than pressure", Koulibaly added in reference to being the last African side.
However, Japan finished the group stage with only four yellow cards received, while Senegal had six, seeing Japan advance to the round of 16 instead of them.