Japan survive in World Cup despite 0-1 loss to Poland

Japan survive in World Cup despite 0-1 loss to Poland

Japan's Gotoku Sakai in action with Poland's Artur Jedrzejczyk and Jan Bednarek.

Poland have secured a consolation 1-0 win over Japan to close out their World Cup campaign, but other results meant that Japan still advanced to the knockout rounds despite the loss.

So despite losing 1-0 to Poland, they showed absolutely no intent on attacking. Nishino's squad will also be motivated by the knowledge that the manager could call on anyone for Monday's match, however, and the fact that Japan has already exceeded expectations by reaching the knockout round could work in its favor. We did not go through with victory, but we just relied on the other match and I feel that it was slightly regrettable but I suppose at that point I didn't have any other plans.

Fans pay big money to attend World Cup matches for the experience and to be entertained but neither Japan and Poland cared about that on this occasion.

He said his decision to make six changes to his side was down to fatigue rather than any attempt to play for a draw.

Nevertheless, Japan were unable to find an equaliser in the closing stages as Poland held on for the win.

Japan and Senegal finished with the same number of points, the same goal difference and the same number of goals scored.


At the end of the group matches, Senegal with six yellow cards to Japan's four ultimately lost out and will be disappointed heading home under the circumstance.

So Japan goes through and next plays the victor of Group G on Monday, while Colombia will face the Group G runner-up Tuesday.

Sure to have won no fans after this latest display, starting the tournament in a positive light, Japan will now enter the last-16 short of friends.

Japan lacked their usual fluency and Eiji Kawashami's superb sprawling save from Kamil Grosicki was the highlight of a dour first half, with goalline technology confirming the header did not cross the line.

Poland's star striker Robert Lewandowski missed a good chance to double the lead in the 74th minute, meaning he failed to score in all three matches he played at the World Cup in Russian Federation.

Intrigued by a commercial promotion for the game that was clearly influenced by "Monday Night Football", the family attends the match. "Do not go for any high risks.' I told him not to concede any yellow cards, go 4-1-4-1, defensive, and then I told him to tell the team to 'stay put".

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