Tokyo: Japan went into the second round of the 2018 World Cup in Russia despite losing to Poland 1-0 in the last round of Group H matches on Thursday, Second in the group, by fair play standards.
The Japanese team received a shock when Jan Bednarik opened the scoring for the Polish team in the 59th minute, which was enough to leave Japan in the first round with a draw in the other game in the group between the Colombian and Senegalese teams.
But the fate of the Japanese team changed shortly afterward, with Yari Mina heading for the Colombian side against Senegal. The fate of the Samurai warriors was decided to qualify for the second round with the end of the matches with Poland beating Japan 1-0 and Colombia 1 Senegal.
Colombia and Japan were in second place in four points (four points each), as well as goal difference and direct encounters. Japan’s preference was four yellow cards for six yellow cards for Senegal.