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Fair play is a key tiebreaker at the World Cup — Here’s how it works

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The 2018 World Cup is about to head to the knockout bracket, with teams currently jockeying for position in the final matches of the group stage.
At the end of the group stage, tiebreakers will be employed to determine the standings in a group should the teams at the top of the table have the same amount of points.
While the first tiebreakers are relatively standard (goal differential, goals scored), Senegal was eliminated from the World Cup by the fair play designation and the same could determine the winner of another group.

The 2018 World Cup is nearing the end of the group stage of the tournament, with teams vying for position with hopes of either winning the group or at the very least escaping to move on to the knockout round.

With teams playing just three games in the group stage, it’s not uncommon for there to be ties amongst the group. When that’s the case, FIFA turns to a series of tiebreakers to determine the standings — a necessary but sometimes cruel reality for teams on the losing end.See the rest of the story at Business Insider

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