Cisse: I can't ask my players to not receive yellow cards

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Japan lost to Poland 1-0 in its final match of the group stage, but thanks to Colombia's 1-0 win over Senegal and an uncommon World Cup tiebreaker rule, the Blue Samurai are through to the round of 16 as Group H's runner-up over the African nation. We have to respect it.

Senegal coach Aliou Cisse said he "accepted the rules of the game" as the west Africans were eliminated from the World Cup due to a worse disciplinary record than their direct rivals for a place in the last 16.

"Of course, We would prefer to be eliminated another way".

"We were fully committed and maybe because we were fully committed, we got more yellow cards".

Because of the way things shaped up in group play, Japan and Senegal were tied in points, goal differential and goals scored, and since they played to a 2-2 draw, the head-to-head tiebreakers were even as well.

He said: 'Deciding it on bookings is mad. You can stream every World Cup match in English or Spanish on fuboTV (Try for free).

"I don't think for a minute about my future because we've worked for three years to be here and if something may confuse me during the World Cup I will leave it aside because I want to be 100 per cent focused on the World Cup".

Igor Smolnikov of Russian Federation reacts after being shown a second yellow card by referee Antonio Malang Diedhiou during a Group A match against Uruguay earlier this week.

It was just the situation that forced me to make the decision and we did not go for the offence.

Information from Rueters and The Associated Press was used in this report.