Senegal only needed a point in their final Group H game to reach the next round, but they will head home disappointed by not only the result but the fashion in which it played out.
"Senegal has not qualified because we don't deserve it".
Senegal committed 44 fouls. The 26-year-old star has been battling a calf problem throughout the World Cup.
Aliou Cisse believes Senegal's "commitment" helps to explain why his side became the first team in World Cup history to exit via fair play rules.
A superb second-half strike from Adnan Januzaj gave Belgium a 1-0 win over England on Thursday to give them top spot in Group G at the World Cup. If England and Belgium were to finish with the same number of fair play points, Federation Internationale de Football Association would draw lots to decide first place in the group.
With Colombia climbing to the top of the group, yellow card rankings were required and Japan came out on top, having only been cautioned four times to Senegal's six.
Barcelona defender Yerry Mina popped up with 15 minutes remaining to send the South American nation into the next round.
With Poland beating Japan and the race for second place in Group H now ridiculously tight, Senegal knew they were heading out as things stood - and all because they had picked up one more yellow card than the Blue Samurais.
Poland were seeking to restore some pride by eking out a win against Japan and fielded striker Robert Lewandowski in the hope he could break his Russian Federation goal drought.
Senegal's elimination also means Ireland's record will now stay intact for at least a further two World Cups.
He said: 'Deciding it on bookings is mad.
That meant Senegal was out and Japan was in after they both finished even on points, goal difference, goals scored and head-to-head in Group H. It very almost happened again in Group G, until Adnan Januzaj gave Belgium its lead over England.
For now, though, Ireland's little-known World Cup record is safe.
Senegal have been eliminated from the World Cup in one of the harshest ways possible - and BBC commentator Mark Lawrenson is unimpressed.
Bednarek's goal was the only successful strike of the game, so he earns man of the match honors.