FIFA 2018: Japan Reaches Last 16 Despite Loss

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Moscow: Poland beat Japan 1-0 as they ended their campaign with a win. Meanwhile, despite a loss, Japan qualified for the last 16 on the fair play ground having two less yellow cards than Senegal.

In the other match, Colombia beat Senegal 1-0 to knock them out of the tournament. The second-half, too, was a sedate encounter until Jan Bednarek scored off a free-kick to liven things up at the Volgograd Arena. Japan continued dominance after the break but a moment of inspiration saw Poland take the lead.

Earlier, the match remained goalless at half-time. Poland were looking confident in the initial minutes of the game, however, it wasn’t late when Japan found their footing and put Poland on the backfoot with multiple and repeated attacks.

As the game progressed, Japan proved to be the better team, keeping the Poland defenders on their toes at all time. However, Poland had come close to scoing through a Grosicki header but a brilliant goalline save by the Japanese keeper Kawashami denied the opposition of their only chance in the first-half of taking a lead. Earlier, Japan coach Akira Nishino made six changes for the match

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