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FIFA World Cup Highlights: Japan lose against Poland but qualify for knockouts

Japan vs Poland Highlights, FIFA World Cup: Japan ended up as Group H runner-ups even though they went down 1-0 to Poland on Thursday.

By: Sports Desk |
Updated: June 28, 2018 9:45:08 pm
Japan vs Poland Highlights, FIFA World Cup: Japan go down 1-0 to Poland. (Source: Reuters)

Japan vs Poland Highlights, FIFA World Cup Live Updates: Japan lost 1-0 to already-eliminated Poland in the group’s other fixture. However, with both Japan and Senegal having the same number of points, goal difference and goals scored, it came down to disciplinary record to decide the runners-up after Colombia beat the African side 1-0. Japan progressed with two fewer yellow cards than the African side. Here are all the highlights of the match between Japan and Poland:

FT

28 Jun

Volgograd Arena

Japan

0
    1

    Poland

    • boll59’ Jan Bednarek

    Live Blog

    Japan vs Poland Highlights, FIFA World Cup: Poland beat Japan 1-0

    21:27 (IST)28 Jun 2018
    FULL TIME! Japan 0-1 Poland

    Despite losing the match against Poland 1-0, Japan are heading to Round of 16 as runner-ups of Group H. Poland are headed out of the World Cup with the win. Happy Japanese faces all over the stadium, singing, dancing and clicking pictures. Japan have only Colombia to thank for their fate.

    21:14 (IST)28 Jun 2018
    Japan still hold chance

    With Colombia taking lead through Yerry Mina goal, Japan have a chance of finishing as group runner-ups if it stays this way due to higher fair play points than Senegal. Japan have two yellow cards fewer than Senegal. 

    21:05 (IST)28 Jun 2018
    Lewandowski skies the ball

    Poland turn fast and furious on their counter-attack as they got close to doubling their lead.  Grosicki sends a low cross from the left to Lewandowski, who just had to slide it in, but instead skies the ball over the bar. What a missed opportunity!

    21:02 (IST)28 Jun 2018
    Japan corner

    Japan had a chance of levelling the match, which would have gotten them their ticket to knockouts but it flies out for a goal kick.

    20:57 (IST)28 Jun 2018
    Substitution

    Japan take Takashi Usami off as Takashi Inui comes on. The match has come to life. Japan will now play for survival while the goal has given Poland confidence of going home with a win.

    20:52 (IST)28 Jun 2018
    GOAL! Japan 0-1 Poland

    Jan Bednarek scores his first International goal to give Poland lead. As it stands now, Japan are heading out of the World Cup while Senegal, Colombia are going ahead.

    20:48 (IST)28 Jun 2018
    Bicycle kick

    Tomoaki Makino attemps a bicycle kick but it goes in the side-net. Worth a try. Little chances created by both the teams but nothing substantial.

    20:45 (IST)28 Jun 2018
    Usam shot blocked

    Usami goes for the goal but his shot is blocked. Poland, on counter-attack, Lewandowski loses the ball which is too ahead after a Grosicki pass.

    20:38 (IST)28 Jun 2018
    Injury

    Shinji Okazaki gets injured a minute after the start of the second half. He is substituted by Yuyo Osaka, who plays in the Bundesliga.

    20:35 (IST)28 Jun 2018
    Second half

    Second half between Japan and Poland underway at Volgograd Arena. Japan fans have reasons to smile and they would be happy with the first 45 minutes. Japan are safe till the match stays draw or they take the lead.

    20:20 (IST)28 Jun 2018
    Half Time! Japan 0-0 Poland

    Japan and Poland go into the break goalless. If it stays this way, Japan are headed for knockouts. Poland, who are already eliminated, come close with a header but other than that, it hasn't been much of a classic.

    20:12 (IST)28 Jun 2018
    Japan corner

    Japan are awarded a corner on the 40th minute. Usami takes it but it is headed away by the Polish defence. Japan are awarded a number of corners but they don't really come to anythig.

    20:07 (IST)28 Jun 2018
    Grosicki header

    Japan keeper Eiji Kawashami does well to save a Grosicki header. It looked like the ball had crossed the line but the goal line technology saved Poland's day. Too early to say 'day' though. 35 minutes into the match. Japan on counter-attack

    20:02 (IST)28 Jun 2018
    Japan lack the will

    Japan currently stand at the top of the group and only require a draw to go ahead in the competition. But right now, they are playing the match in a rather lackluster way. Japan have earlier done well to beat Colombia and then hold Senegal. 

    20:00 (IST)28 Jun 2018
    Japan keeper keeps them out of danger

    Bartos Bereszyynski goes in for a goal for Poland but Hiroki Sakai heads the ball out for a corner. Japan keeper does well to push Grosicki header out of danger. 

    19:48 (IST)28 Jun 2018
    Japan come close

    Japan got close to taking lead as Bednarek plays a blind pass across his own goal. Fabianski is forced into a good and quick save with Sakai firing in a straight one.

    19:36 (IST)28 Jun 2018
    Early scare!

    Poland goalkeeper Fabianski has to rush in as Okazaki almost manages to get close to an aerial pass by his teammate. Japan look like they have started in a 4-4-2.

    19:30 (IST)28 Jun 2018
    Japan vs Poland Live

    The teams emerge on to the field with the familiar song of Seven Nation Army at the backdrop. National anthems are done with and it is time for live action.  The referee blows the whistle and here we go.

    19:16 (IST)28 Jun 2018
    TEAM CHANGES

    Japan changes: Shinji Okazaki has been included among six changes to Japan's starting lineup. Coach Akira Nishino prefaced changes by speaking of the need to pick a team that can cope with the hot conditions in the Volgograd Arena. 

    Poland changes: Poland coach Adam Nawalka has made five changes as the already eliminated Poles look to put up a W on the table. Goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski has been included.

    EQUATION: Japan needs to avoid defeat to make it to the round of 16.

    18:52 (IST)28 Jun 2018
    LINEUPS

    Japan XI: Kawashima, H. Sakai, Yoshida, Makino, Nagatomo, G. Sakai, Shibasaki, Yamaguchi, Usami, Okazaki, Muto.

    Poland XI: Fabianski, Jedrzejczyk, Glik, Bednarek, Bereszynski, Kurzawa, Goralski, Krychowiak, Zielinski, Grosicki, Lewandowski.

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    Japan vs Poland Live Score, FIFA World Cup Live Streaming: Japan’s only planning is for victory against already eliminated Poland and the Blue Samurai will not think about playing for a draw to qualify for the World Cup’s knockout rounds, according to captain Makoto Hasebe. Japan’s 2-2 draw with Senegal on Sunday left them top of Group H but level on four points and goal difference with the Africans, with Colombia on three. One point against Poland would be enough for Akira Nishino’s side to reach the last 16 for the third time, regardless of what happens in the Colombia-Senegal match which will be played at the same time on Thursday. “Japan are not the kind of team that can aim for a point and go and carry that plan out,” Hasebe told Japanese media on Monday, on a sweltering day at their Kazan training base.

    (Source: Reuters)

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