Japan squeezed into the last 16 at the World Cup despite suffering a 1-0 defeat to Poland in their final Group H game.
They progressed at the expense of Senegal, who lost 1-0 to Colombia in their final group match, after finishing in second place in the group ahead of the African side due to picking up fewer bookings during the group stage, with the two level on four points, goals scored and goal difference.
Japan needed just a point to ensure qualification for the knockout rounds, but were undone by a Jan Bednarek header in the 59th minute at the Volgograd Stadium.
Japan: Kawashima (6), Nagatomo (6), H Sakai (7), Makino (7), G Sakai (6), Yoshida (6), Shibasaki (7), Usami (7), Muto (7), Yamaguchi (5), Okazaki (5).
Subs used: Osako (4), Inui (5), Hasebe (5).
Poland: Fabianski (6), Jedrzejczyk (6), Bednarek (6), Glik (7), Bereszynski (6), Goralski (5), Krychowiak (6), Grosicki (8), Zielinski (5), Kurzawa (7), Lewandowski (6).
Subs used: Teodorczyk (4), Peszko (4).
Man of the match: Kamil Grosicki.
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