Japan vs. Poland - Football Match Report

Japan vs. Poland - Football Match Report

1st minute to 58th minute: With no goals in either games, Japan and Senegal were set to go through with five points each.

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Japan also lost its final match of the group stage, 1-0, leaving both teams tied in points and the most common tiebreakers, point differential and goals scored.

German media have given a damning verdict of the campaign, which will be remembered as the first time since 1938 that the country has failed to make it past the first round.

England's Trent Alexander-Arnold said he was "very disappointed" to lose the final World Cup group-stage game to Belgium, and said the team did not pay attention to talk that they were better off losing.

Michael O'Neill, Northern Ireland manager and BBC pundit: "It takes you back to World Cups in 1982 and 1986, when we saw games like that".

The midfield, and especially Takashi Inui and Gaku Shibasaki (both based in Spain), looked solid and confidence grew in the Senegal game.

It was a group of twists and turns as surprisingly beat the Colombians in their first World Cup game of 2018 to help them jump to the top of the table.

Poland, though, came closest to taking the lead when in the 32nd minute, goalkeeper Eiji Kawashima did well to keep a well-guided header from Kamil Grosicki out.

The first tiebreakers, goal differential and goals scored, couldn't determine a victor - the teams both had a goal differential of 0 and had scored four goals each.

But with minutes remaining, any kind of urgency went from the game.

A goal to Senegal in the other match would have changed the picture completely, but it wasn't to be and Japan limped into the knockout rounds.

Jeers rained down on Japan in Volgograd as they spent most of the second half controlling the ball in their own half as they knew the results would see them through as group runners-up at the expense of Senegal, who lost out because of the disciplinary record tiebreaker. Nishino put Japan's fate in the lap of the Gods and, once again, got away with it.

The first off day of the tournament comes Friday, before the knockout stage starts Saturday.

"I want to highlight that all my players played well and at a high level", Pekerman said.

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