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The 2018 World Cup is over, so let's look at 2022. France will crash out, Africa's sides will rebound and Cristiano Ronaldo will star, then retire.
"FIFA has adopted a new system but does the fair play rule solve all the problems? After the game, nothing happened to either Japan or Poland."
The rule, in use for the first time at the World Cup, meant Japan barely attacked at the end of their 1-0 loss to Poland on Thursday.
The World Cup has been superb on the pitch but equally brilliant off it thanks to the rich, vibrant and merry travelling fans who came to party.
What an irony it was to see Japan celebrate going through to the knockout rounds of the World Cup, under the guise of fair play.
Senegal coach Aliou Cisse believes his side did not "deserve" to advance to the World Cup knockout stage after they lost to Colombia.
After VAR helped one Colombian defender, another scored a vital winner to eliminate Senegal, who paid the price for yellow-card indiscipline.
Colombia defeated Senegal 1-0 to advance to the World Cup round of 16 as Group H winners in a result that sent the African side out on fair play.
Aliou Cisse reshuffled his pack as Senegal sought the draw they needed against Colombia, but ultimately, his plan fell just short.
Senegal defender Kalidou Koulibaly believes the Teranga Lions will be boosted by the continent's support.
England and Belgium face off in Group G for top spot, with the other two teams already out.
If Senegal crash out of the World Cup on Thursday, it will signal Africa's worst performance at the finals in almost 40 years.
Colombia are growing into this tournament after a slow start, but can Senegal end their World Cup hopes and book their own spot in the Last 16?
Allowing a lead to twice slip from their grasp in their last World Cup game could come back to haunt Senegal when they face Colombia.