Japan milk 'fair play' system in wretched World Cup defeat to Poland

30 June, 2018, 21:00 | Author: Greg Lawrence
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Nevertheless, Japan were unable to find an equaliser in the closing stages as Poland held on for the win.

The Polish will do everything they can to make life hard for Japan, as Robert Lewandowski, the leading marksman in European qualification, attempts to score his first goal at Russian Federation 2018.

This will be the 3rd meeting between Poland and Japan, with Japan winning both the matches.

The defeat left Japan on the same points, goals and goal difference as Senegal, who were also 1-0 losers on Wednesday to Colombia in Samara, but it was Akira Nishino's side that snuck into the last 16 at the expense of the Africans.

"My players were very loyal in listening to me and following my decision".

"Of course, we would prefer to be eliminated another way".

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

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One win could get them on track, and despite their awful performance to this point, they are still favorites in this match. Also defender Brian Idowu noted that the Eagles will focus on their game, rather crisis in the Argentina team .

"The manner in which the team qualified was not the initial goal", said Nishino.

Sure to have won no fans after this latest display, starting the tournament in a positive light, Japan will now enter the last-16 short of friends. Rafal Kurzawa swung a free kick to the back post where Jan Bednarek volleyed Poland ahead with just over 30 minutes remaining.

Colombia's Yerry Mina came to Nishino's rescue, though, as his goal defeated Senegal and ensured Japan progressed in second place due to its superior disciplinary record. Poland were seeking to restore some pride by eking out a win against Japan and fielded striker Robert Lewandowski in the hope he could break his Russian Federation goal drought.

The Poles reached the quarter-finals of Euro 2016, where they went out on penalties to eventual champions Portugal, and more had been expected after they had finished top of their qualifying group for the World Cup.

Poland squandered a big chance to double their lead on 74 minutes when Grosicki picked out Robert Lewandowski, who fired over the crossbar from close range. "Do not go for any high risks.' I told him not to concede any yellow cards, go 4-1-4-1, defensive, and then I told him to tell the team to 'stay put".

"It was for us more important for us to get into the next round than to win the match, " Japan midfielder Gotoku Sakai said.

In their only previous meeting with an Asian team in the World Cup, Poland lost 2-0 against South Korea in 2002.

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