Japan reach last 16 despite loss to Poland

by Steven Clarke June 29, 2018, 7:11
Japan reach last 16 despite loss to Poland

In the case of teams finishing level on points, Federation Internationale de Football Association has put in place seven tie-breakers starting with goal difference and then the number of goals scored in all group matches.

Down to the final day of group play in the World Cup, things can get tricky in trying to determine which teams are moving on to the knockout stage, and which are going home.

"It's up to us to make them proud, to fly the flag for Senegal and Africa at this World Cup", he told reporters, as quoted by BBC Football.

The Three Lions now sit top of Group G going into the game but it is still undecided who will finish first and second.

As the game continued, it barely got above walking pace.

The Lions of Teranga upset the odds to advance to the quarter-finals of their first World Cup back in 2002, qualifying from a group that included Denmark, Uruguay, and holders France.

Poland wanted to seal a win, which they duly did, while Japan were happy to settle for defeat and not conceding any more goals or picking up any yellow cards.

Nigeria had been minutes from progressing at the expense of Argetina as they held Lionel Messi and Co.at 1-1 in their Group D finale on Tuesday, only to see Marcos Rojo step up with a late victor to send the two-time winners through.

According to Poland's border agency, big groups of fans are expected to cross the Polish-Russian border on Wednesday night and on Thursday before the match, which kicks off at 1800 GMT.

Just six minutes into the second half, Belgium's Adnan Januzaj scored with a superb left-footed strike after cutting in from the right.

In Tokyo's trendy Shibuya, elated supporters streamed out of sports bars after the final whistle at around 1 a.m. local time, the sound of horns and "Nippon" chants filling the streets as they converged upon the district's iconic pedestrian scramble. The Red Devils now find themselves in what is, on paper at least, the toughest half of the draw, which features teams who have won 10 World Cups between them and finished runners-up six times.

And because the two teams drew 2-2 when they played each other, they could not be separated through their head-to-head records.

There's also a chance Ireland could qualify for the next World Cup and end up falling at the first hurdle too. Although none of those injuries appear serious, they are obvious candidates to miss the England match to ensure they are 100 percent fit for the knockouts.

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