World Cup Group G & H Wrap: Fair Play?


Group H had the distinction of seeing the first team eliminated by FIFA’s Fair Play tiebreaker. Senegal’s yellow card total saw it sent home, while Japan and Colombia moved on.

In Group G, England and Belgium played out a strange cat-and-mouse game which eventually saw the Belgians finish first thanks to a 1-0 win. Tunisia beat Panama to end up third.

Advancing: Belgium, England, Colombia, Japan
Sportsbet Pre-tournament prediction: Belgium, England, Colombia, Poland

Group G & H Wrap

Good Things
(1) Colombia overcoming a bad start to win Group H.
(2) Belgium finishing unbeaten in Group G with a sweet Adnan Januzaj goal and a very funny off-the-post ‘falcon’ celebration by Michy Batshuayi

(3) Japan doing Asia proud and making it to the Round of 16.

Bad Things
(1) Japan keeping their loyal fans on edge by conceding a goal, then having to play for the draw and hope that Senegal didn’t score.

(2) England’s performance against Belgium was a bizarre combination of changed lineups, missed shots and looking ahead.

(3) Panama: the ultimate ‘just happy to be here’ story.

Pleasant Surprises
(1) Colombian defender Yerry Mina scoring in two consecutive games.

(2) Tunisia going out with a win, their first in 40 years.

(3) Carlos Valderrama, the anti-Maradona.

(1) James Rodriguez hardly at his best, and now injured and in doubt for the Round of 16.
(2) Not sure what was worse, Senegal being eliminated on the Fair Play rule or their shocking defending:

(3) Not getting to see Harry Kane in that final group game.

What do you think?