Beaten Poland 1-0, Japan Still Qualify for the Big 16

Beaten Poland 1-0, Japan Still Qualify for the Big 16Japan lost 0-1 to Poland in the last game phase of the 2018 World Cup group. But Japan still advanced to the round of 16 thanks to fairplay points.

Compete in the Volgograd Arena, Thursday (28/06/2018) night local time, Poland, who had no chance to qualify for the big 16 to play without the burden in front of Japan.

Even their victory can pass Jan Bednarek scored in the second half. That became the only goal created in this fight.
Despite the defeat, Japan is entitled to advance to the last 16 as runner-up from Group H with four points. The number of points, goal difference, and productivity of the Japanese goal is actually the same as that of Senegal in the third position after losing to Colombia at the same time.

Japan are in a better position after winning fairplay points over Senegal. Japan has four yellow cards, fewer than Senegal having six yellow cards.

Meanwhile, Colombia became the Group champion after collecting six points. Two wins in can over Poland and Senegal.

The game

Japan takes control of the game over Poland. The Asian representative played with presses and long passes straight into the final third.

Japan’s first new opportunity created in the 12th minute. Shinji Okazaki let go with a header, but the ball went wide from the Polish goal.

A minute later, Japan again threatened the Polish goalkeeper. This time came through Yoshinori Muto shot from outside the penalty box whose direction can be pushed over Lukasz Fabianski.

Poland in a depressed situation so far. Japan again aimed a shot at the Polish goal in the 17th minute. Gotoku Sakai stabbed into the middle, received Takashi Usami’s sodorous and fired a left-foot shot, but was weak and the ball could be caught by Fabianski.

Japan almost conceded in the 33rd minute. Kamil Grosicki gore the ball and aim it at the far post. The ball looked to be going into the Japanese goal, but before the ball crossed the goal line, Eiji Kawashima managed to brushed it off.

A minute lapse, Japan counterattacked. Penetration Usami penetrated the left side of the Polish defense and his cross managed to create a chaos on the face of goal, but the ball quickly secured Fabianski.
The tempo of the match at the start of the second half was slow, but the control of the ball still seemed more dominated by Jepan.

Poland got a chance of a counterattack in the 53rd minute. Robert Lewandowski was free from control when chasing a diagonal pass from Piotr Zielinski, but there was a Kawashima who rushed off his post and caught the ball.

Japan missed in the 59th minute. Bednarek made Japan in a failing situation to the last 16 after a successful sontekannya grabbed a free kick Kurzawa, the ball slid into the goal can not be driven Kawashima. 1-0 Poland leads.

Japan’s efforts to find a counterweight came in the 72nd minute. Maya Yoshida unleashed a header, which continued the Shibasaki corner, but the ball widened to the right of the Polish goalkeeper.

Poland almost increased the advantage in the 74th minute. Lewandowski got a golden opportunity to welcome a Grosicki cross, but the ball resulted slightly bounced yembakannya above the Japanese goal.

The game went slow in the final five minutes. Poland plays waiting while the Japanese play more of the short balls. Both teams seem to have no intention to attack. Until the fight was over, the 1-0 score lasted for Polish victory.

Composition of Players:

Japan: Kawashima; H.Sakai, Yoshida, Makino, Nagatomo; G.Sakai, Shibasaki; Yamaguchi, Usami (Inui 65 ‘); Okazaki (Osako 47 ‘); Muto (Hasebe 82 ‘).

Poland: Fabianski; Glik, Bednarek, Bereszynski; Kurzawa (Peszko 79 ‘), Goralski, Krychowiak, Jedrzejczyk; Zielinski (Teodorczyk 79 ‘), Grosicki, Lewandowski.