AP PHOTOS: Yellow-card tiebreaker on Day 15, a World Cup 1st

Colombia's Santiago Arias, foreground, and Senegal's Sadio Mane challenge for the ball during the group H match between Senegal and Colombia, at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Samara Arena in Samara, Russia, Thursday, June 28, 2018. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)

MOSCOW (AP) It doesn’t get any tighter than it did between Japan and Senegal on Day 15 at the World Cup, and they weren’t even playing each other. Both lost 1-0 in simultaneous matches, and since they were tied on every other measure, for the first time, a World Cup group was decided by who had fewer yellow cards. Senegal went home and Japan joined Colombia in advancing.

Belgium avoided any such complicated scenarios by topping England 1-0 to win their group in a game that seemed more about jockeying for position since both had already qualified to move on. And as group play wrapped up, Tunisia overcame the tournament’s record ninth own-goal for a 2-1 comeback win – its first World Cup victory in 40 years – and send World Cup first-timers Panama home with a third defeat.