Japan reach last 16 on fair play points, will meet Belgium

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Japan secured their ticket to the knockout round of the 2018 World Cup, despite suffering a 1-0 loss to Poland on Thursday evening.

Japan will certainly have to improve if it is to eliminate the Belgians, who beat England 1-0 in Kaliningrad later Thursday to make it three wins out of three and finish top of Group G.

The result means Japan reach the knockout phase for the third time in their six World Cups but Nishino had to face some hard questions about his decisions for the match at a sweltering Volgograd Arena. 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.

Japan and Senegal finished with the same number of points, the same goal difference and the same number of goals scored. Keisuke Honda has been involved in 7 of Japan's last 10 World Cup goals.

"Of course Japan's scouts and staff were there analyzing the Colombia-Senegal game, watching how it was panning out and reporting to the manager".

"My players were very loyal in listening to me and following my decision".

In their detailed rundown of training following the 2-2 draw with Senegal, the Japanese Football Association made no mention of injury concerns or players under observation, suggesting a clean bill of health for their squad. Japan had four yellow cards, Senegal had six.

The Eastern Europeans did indeed prove more combative than the Japanese, but Japan's goalkeeper Eiji Kawashima made a spectacular save that denied Kamil Grosicki's header right before it crossed the line in the first half.

Their main man, striker Robert Lewandowski, powered in 16 goals during the qualifiers - but failed to score a single one in Russian Federation, ending his miserable tournament with another spurned chance against Japan.

Japan excluded some of its most creative players, including midfielder Takashi Inui and Makoto Hasebe, from the starting line-up but coach Akira Nishino put that down to fatigue rather than any attempt to play for a draw.

Senegal, however, has become the first victim of the new tiebreaker.

Poland, for the third straight World Cup that it has competed in, lost its first two group matches and then won its third.

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