Japan fans split over tactical approach in Poland game

World Cup 2018 Japan vs Poland Preview Japan Dream Of Round Of 16 As They Face Eliminated Poland

Japan qualified for the last 16 of the World Cup on Thursday (Jun 28) despite losing 1-0 to Poland but both teams were booed from the pitch in Volgograd after a farcical end to their final Group H match.

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 Russian Federation.

The second match saw the never give up attitude of the Japanese team as they twice clawed back from a goal down in each half to finish the match 2-2 against an impressive Senegalese side.

It is they that will kick on to the knockout stages of the World Cup, despite finishing their group with an identical points and goals tally to Senegal, who'll be on a plane home in the next 48 hours.

Poland appeared uninterested in pushing forward too, apparently content with registering their sole win at Russian Federation 2018 but the ending to the game left a odd taste in the mouth of its audience.

"I decided that I was going to rely on the other match's result", he told reporters.

Japan lost 1-0 to Poland in their final group game on Thursday in Russian Federation.

"It was an ultimate decision for me to make".

"It was a day when Japan became pragmatic at the World Cup", Yamamoto said, adding, "I want the players to switch their mindset for the next round and put in a performance that they can proudly show to children aspiring to be professional footballers".

Poland had an early chance to take the lead in the 32nd minute when Japan goalkeeper Eiji Kawashima stopped a header from Kamil Grosicki.

Japan and Senegal finished with the same number of points, the same goal difference and the same number of goals scored. The Belgians made nine changes from their previous match while the English switched eight players. Their best chance came with 32 minutes played, after a bullet header from Grosicky was just scraped out by Kawashima, with the ball just millimetres from crossing the line.

So Japan goes through and next plays the victor of Group G on Monday, while Colombia will face the Group G runner-up Tuesday.

"After the first two games against Senegal and Colombia, our team had to deal with a lot of justified criticism so it was clear the emotional level of this game would be extremely high for the Polish team", he said.

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