Pekerman wary of confident Three Lions in last 16

Posted June 29, 2018

Senegal became the final team to be eliminated from the group stage of the 2018 World Cup on Thursday, and it happened in the most gut-wrenching fashion imaginable.

Colombia completed the first round with a 1-0 victory over Senegal that sent them into the last 16 as Group H winners and dumped the African side out of the tournament in a thrilling finale. None of the teams had a red card.

Japan accumulated four yellow cards during the three group games, while Senegal accumulated six yellow cards.

The game is not until Thursday evening, but Belgium and the European Union have already gone one up. "We have a number of rules that have been established".

"We have to respect it". This is how it works.

From a Liverpool perspective, we were both sad for Mane because he bowed out of the World Cup and also pleased because it means he returns to Merseyside quicker. Japan entered this tournament in extremely questionable form following a coaching change and not much support from the fanbase.

It was a crushing blow to the Senegalese who had been the better side for most of the game and had a penalty award overturned in the first half after a VAR review.

Aliou Cisse's side will attempt to succeed where the rest of their continental rivals failed, with Egypt, Morocco, Nigeria and Tunisia all set to bow out after the group phase.

That led to questions post-game about whether the CAF confederation is anywhere close to being on Europe and South America's levels.

"If Belgium wins, England will probably get an easier ride in the next round so perhaps it is one of those win-win scenarios", Varadkar said with diplomatic poise.

We now know our eight second-round matches, with some mouthwatering contests on offer.

"There is also the system of the draw and the groups".

What is your take on the fair play rule? "I wanted to make sure that the "what if" was not going to take place on our pitch, so I decided that I was going to rely on the other result". "Now we have to help him to recover in the best way because he is a player who gives Colombia great joy".

"I don't know whether this regulation is cruel but there was no way I could ask my players to try and avoid yellow cards". "This is how we play".

"It was mixed feelings when we were drawn with Belgium because neither of us are going to want to lose as it will be a real nightmare for next season", Dier told Tottenham's official website.