- Jan Bednarek’s 59th minute goal was all that Poland needed to overcome Japan 1-0
- The encounter which saw Zambia’s Janny Sikazwe as the centre referee
- But the Asian side progressed to the knockout rounds with fair play rating
Jan Bednarek’s 59th minute goal was all that Poland needed to overcome Japan 1-0 in one of Group H last fixtures on Tuesday, but the result could not stop the Asians from reaching the Last 16 round at the ongoing FIFA World Cup in Russia.
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The encounter which saw Zambia’s Janny Sikazwe as the centre referee, took place at Volgograd Arena, saw Japan’s Samurai Blue, requiring a draw to reach the knockout phase of the World Cup.
Luckily, the Asian side despite going down 0-1 to Japan, still progressed to the Last 16 rounds ahead of Senegal as the Japanese had a superior fair-play record.
The Japanese played out goalless draw at halftime and were looking like they were heading for the exit doors.
In fact Japan were looking like going out alongside Poland, after the Polish side claimed all three points with Bednarek’s goal.
However, after Senegal’s defeat, Japan,, who have only qualified for the last 16 of the World Cup twice before, sealed qualification to the knockout rounds for the third time in their history.
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The Japanese must thank goalkeeper Eiji Kawashima for keeping the scores low especially, a fine save to stop a header from Kamil Grosicki at the 30th minute mark.
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