Japan turned into the only Asian side to advance to the World Cup’s last 16 on Thursday, sneaking past despite losing 1-0 against as of now disposed of Poland because of their lower count of yellow cards, which implied Senegal went out.
The ‘Samurai Blue’ required a draw to progress to the knockout round after they beat Colombia and drew with Senegal in the past two matches, turning around low desires toward the beginning of the competition.
However regardless they advanced in second place because of having less yellow cards than Senegal, who were level on points, goals contrast and goal scored with Japan, after the Africans lost 1-0 to Colombia.
Japan will now confront either England or Belgium in the last-16.
The game diminished in the withering minutes in absurd conditions with both Japan and Poland so happy with the outcome that they were substance to give the Japanese play a chance to keep ball in their own half.
The match was frequently torpid at any rate in the 36 degree Celsius (96.8 Fahrenheit) warm, yet the trance was broken at the 59th minute when Poland’s Rafal Kurzawa skimmed a free kick to the far post and an unmarked Jan Bednarek scored from short proximity.
That recommended Japan’s coach Akira Nishino had maybe been excessively sure when he rolled out six improvements to the lineup, barring midfielder Takashi Inui, whom he at that point expedited in the 65th minute.
Poland were trying to reestablish some pride by squeezing out a win against Japan and handled striker Robert Lewandowski in the expectation he could break his Russia goal dry season.
The Eastern Europeans did to be sure demonstrate more aggressive than the Japanese, yet Japan’s goalkeeper Eiji Kawashima made an awesome spare that denied Kamil Grosicki’s header just before it went too far in the 1st half.
The game brought some relief a disillusioning keep running for Poland, who achieved the quarter-finals of Euro 2016 where they went out on penalties to inevitable champions Portugal.