Japan are through as Colombia beat Senegal 1-0 and Japan are into the last 16. Japan reached the last 16 of the World Cup by having a better disciplinary record than Senegal ‚Äď after losing to Poland in their final Group H game.
Akira Nishino‚Äôs side finished with the same number of points, goals scored and goals conceded as Senegal, but were shown only four yellow cards to the African side‚Äôs six.
Colombia‚Äôs 1-0 win over Senegal meant the South American team topped the group ahead of Japan, with those sides facing England or Belgium next.
Southampton defender Jan Bednarek‚Äôs well-taken volley from Rafal Kurzawa‚Äôs free-kick won the match for Poland, who had been eliminated before the game. Jan Bednarek scored his first international goal.
The game became a farcical spectacle in the final quarter, with both sides happy to play the ball around at the back.
Indeed Japan substitute Makoto Hasebe, who came on with eight minutes remaining, made a ‚Äėcard‚Äô gesture to his team-mates to make it clear they were through as it stood.
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