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JAP vs POL Match Result - FIFA WC 2018
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59' J. Bednarek
The Japanese will breathe a huge sign of relief after that! Boy were they close to going out! After playing well in the first half, the Japanese just didn't turn up in the second half as Poland looked a much better unit. 

Still a lot of work to be done though if Japan are to progress to the quarters. They got through the skin of their teeth here. Poland are going back home disappointed, but at least have a win to show for. Colombia finish as Group H leaders. Senegal join Poland in taking the plane back home.

Hope you liked the coverage, fellas! Until next time, this is Amit Mishra signing off...
Yes! Japan are through! Colombia beat Senegal 1-0! Japan are through because they had fewer yellow cards than Senegal! Amazing scenes!
Peeeeeeeeeeeeeep! Full time! Are Japan through? The other game goes on...
90+2' Pass, pass, their own half. They are looking at the ref here. Poland wanna make a change, but the Japanese defenders just keep the ball! Incredible scenes...
90+1' That's possession for Japanese for the last three minutes! Incredible! No shots for them in the second half yet!
2 minutes have been added on! 
90' Japan again get the ball in their own half but are happy to keep it. Jeez, the two centre-halves have seen plenty of the ball in the last 5 minutes as they just want to keep it and run down the clock. Good but a risky tactic...
88' Close call that! Good throw by Bereszyński but Lewandowski's header just doesn't fall for Teodorczyk and Osako smacks it clear from the edge of the box!
87' Poland too aren't really overindulging in attacking. Sure, they are passing it with more zip than the Japanese, but they'd like to go home with a win as well!
86' Poland finally apply the press and force Sakai into making an error and win a thrown in. Poland, unlike Japan, are very direct, and get it moving quickly
85' And still they keep it in their own half! Amazing, this! They just aren't getting it forward!
84' Japan finally manage to get hold of the ball but are content passing it in their own half. Taking a big risk to cling on here...
82' Japan are above Senegal, second in the group, because they have fewer bookings than Senegal! If Japan concede another or Senegal equalise, Japan will be going home. Phew, very thin margins, fellas!
82' Poland are suddenly keeping possession really well as Japan can't get near them! Seems like the Japanese are relying on Senegal losing and have become pretty defensive in their shape here...
81' Poland are doing excellently here and Grosicki's cross is deflected to his own goal by Yoshida! Kawashima saves for a corner! Wow, good keeping under pressure!
79' Substitutions for Poland

Kurzawa is OFF
Teodorczyk is ON
Peszko is ON
Zielinski is OFF
78' UFF. The Japanese will breathe a sigh of relief as Lewandowski's header is over the bar! Keep the ball and no silly fouls is the call for the rest of the game here...
77' The game is still very edgy here as Japan are cautious in their approach, trying not to overcommit. Poland put a cross in but it's deflected! Corner!
76' Big news coming in! Colombia lead against Senegal, so as things stand, Japan will still make it. But it's too fine a margin. Japan need the goal to make sure they have things in their own hands!
74' Inui tries to do too much and loses it in the Polish half. Poland then break forward in a 2v2 scenario and Grosicki's ball into the box is near perfect! Lewandowski then fluffs his lines! How did he not finish that? Japan still chasing one goal!
72' YOSHIDA! Nearly! Brilliant leap to get at the end of a sunning Shibasaki cross but it's just not on target and the Poles get away with it!
71' Poland there had the chance to test the Japan defence but they give it away cheaply and Japan break forward with Inui. His pass to Osako is deflected for a corner by Bereszyński
70' Inui gets space on the left and cuts in to see what is available. In the end, his cross-cum-shot is safely away for a goalkick. Disappointing end product that. Had the time to pick someone out...
69' They've lost their composure in midfield, the Japanese. This game is begging for a bit of Kagawa or Honda who can calm things a bit and help them create more openings...
68' Poland break again with Lewandowski and Kurzawa, but this time, Japan get enough men behind and force Poland to pass it sideways. Grosicki then puts a cross that is too overhit and Japan get a goalkick...
67' Jędrzejczyk does the Japanese a favour with a push on Yoshida and Japan get a freekick. Need to get it moving quickly...
66' That's a lot of width for the Japanese now with the players they have. Makino is booked for dragging Lewandowski as the forward was making a good run on the break. Japan are shell-shocked here...
65' Substitution for Japan

Usami is OFF
Inui is ON
65' Japan are readying Inui on the sideline as they chase the game. Possession for the Blue Samurai as Poland have all the men behind the ball. Osako tries to make a run but is caught offside!
64' UFF. Zielinski and Lewa combine and the former's shot is blocked at the edge of the box. Poland are finding a lot more space now as Japan push for the leveller. 
63' Still a lot of time for Japan. They can't afford to push too many men forward and risk going two goals down. They are probing in midfield here...
62' OH! Sakai! Made a darting run on the right but just couldn't get at the end of it! Japan with the press now. They need that goal!
61' Japan are now chasing it! Boy how a goal can change the complexion of things in this group of death! Out of nothing really, Poland lead!
Beautifully curled delivery by Kurzawa into an are from where it's hard to defend! Bednarek was there to smartly sidefoot it into the back of the net! As things stand, Japan are going out!
59' Freekick to Poland as they maraud forward. Kurzawa broke there to win the freekick deep in the Japanese half. Zielinski and Kurazwa on the dead ball here...
58' Makino with an OVERHEAD kick! Wide! Worth a try from the centre-half. If it goes in, you're a hero, if not, well, it was an overhead attempt! 
57' CORNER to Japan! Good play from Muto to keep Nagaomo's cross in play and Usami gets at the end of Muto's pass to get a deflection and a corner!
56' The Japanese seem to have woken up after that Poland break as they pass it around with a lot more purpose now. They need that goal for insurance here...
55' Japan immediately get forward again as Muto tries to copy what Usami tried a minute ago. He cuts in but doesn't find the room to get a shot away as Japan recycle possession. Poland apply the press and manage to force the Japanese back to midfield...
54' Lewandowski! Nearly! From the Usami shot, Poland get the ball away and break quickly. Zielinski has the time to find Lewa in the box but his cross is well read by Kawashima who comes out to smother the cross! 
53' Usami with the shot! Blocked! Good move by the Japanese as Usami received a nice pass from Osako on the left. He cuts in and sees his shot blocked...
52' With Osako in the box, expect a lot more of these crosses into the Polish box. Glik will have to be on his toes now...
51' A pretty slow start to the second half as both teams knock it around in the midfield tryyng to wait for a mistake. Usami finally puts a cross in after a bit of Japanese possession but it's away by Glik...
50' Good bit of interplay by the Polish wide players as Jędrzejczyk and Kurzawa combine well to put the cross in, but it's easily cleared by the Japanese defence...
49' Throw in to Poland deep in the Japanese half as Grosicki makes inroads on the right. Japan apply the press after that and force Poland to play it backwards...
48' That was unexpected. Okazaki was pressing well in that withdrawn role, will Osako offer the same? Don't think so. But he does have more aerial threat...
47' Substitution for Japan

Osako is ON
Okazaki is OFF
47' Okazaki seems to have pulled something as Osako is set to come on...
46' Both the teams try a bit of ol' hoofball and it comes to nothing really. Not the players you should be trying that with in truth...
Peeeeeeeeeeeeeeeep! Second half is underway! Japan get us re-started, shooting from right to left. If you're a Japan fan tuning in, James won't be playing in the second half, so that's a positive, innit? 
Japan have been the better team so far this half. Not been the best of games so far as Poland have nothing to play for and Japan need just a point. 0-0 in the other game as well. But like we've seen in the other group games, things tend to go haywire in the second half, so do stick with us!

Second half in a few, fellas...
Peeeeeeeep! Half time! 0-0 and as things stand, Japan are going through!
46+1' Poland keep the ball in their own half as they see out the first half with the scores level...
One minute will be added on...
45' Bereszyński tries to probe down the right and puts in a good cross, but it's too long for Lewandowski who just watches the ball sail over his head for a Japanese throw in...
44' A few jeers from the crowd as they look for more from the two teams. In fairness to the Japanese, they've done so well despite making a raft of changes!
43' Lewandowski again struggles with the ball at his feet as Japan get it away for a corner. Good defending from Makino to stay with him and deny him the room to do anything with the ball. Not been the best of World Cups for the Bayern star...
42' Gotoku Sakai with beautiful control in the Polish box but the support didn't arrive and in the end he tries to do too much and runs into a Cul de Sac. Japan the much better team so far this half...
41' Shibasaki this time puts in a beautiful cross but Jędrzejczyk is there to get a flick and deny Yoshida the chance to meet the cross! Good defending from the fullback...
40' Another corner to Japan as Krychowiak just gets his head on a delivery from Hiroki Sakai!
40' Not the best of corners again. The game has ebbed and flowed, fellas...
39' Not the best of control from Lewandowski as his misplaced control sets Japan on the break. Hiroki Sakai storms forward ans his pass to Usami is in the end deflected for a corner. 
38' Kurzawa takes a shot from the edge of the box it's it's just wide! Japan got the initial delivery away. Another corner comes to nothing really...
37' Corner to Poland! It came from a Japanese attack as they were slightly short of men at the back. Japan break but Lewandowski's shot is deflected for a corner. Kawashima just couldn't get there to deny them the corner...
36' Japan look so much more calmer in possession despite Poland having that extra man in midfield. They quickly move it wide again, which seems like their best area of putting a dangerous cross in...
35' OH USAMI! Seemed more like a shot though he drifted wide to put a cross in. The save by Fabianski was spilled by Glik covered well and the keeper collects in the second time of asking!
34' Japan now get a measure and hold of things after that good move by Poland. Sizing up the Polish defence here...
32' I nearly eat my own words there! Super save by Kawashima! What a smashing cross that was by Bereszyński to find Grosicki in the box and his header was clawed away by Kawashima! Goal-line tech says no goal! Finally something from the Poles!
31' Poland, unlike Japan, have struggled for openings. Japan have pressed well and structured well defensively when the press fails. Some good football by the Asians, which is why they were on top of the group before the last round of games began in group H
30' Good pressing by Japan. Poland thought they had something going as Goralski's pass was controlled and held up well by Lewandowski, but his return pass to Goralski gives Japan the opportunity to press and force Poland back into their own half!
29' Lewandowski doing the defensive work their during the corner as he heads away Shibasaki's dangerous looking delivery. Well, the game has turned into a bit of an eyesore now.
28' Corner to Japan as Hiroki Sakai's cross is headed away by Glik! Can they make something happen here then?
27' Sakai steals the ball on the right but just can't get to the ball in the end as Glik covers well for Bednarek who lost the ball.
26' A lot of possession for the two teams in their own half, No really impetus going forward. Japan, with Yoshida, try to get it moving with one pass to the midfield by Krychowiak is there to make a brilliant interception...
24' Japan try to exploit the left wing again but Muto this time is dealt with well by Bereszyński. Poland get the ball and pass it around in their own half...
23' Zielinksi and Kurzawa combine well in the attacking third before the latter decides to take the ball and smack it on goal. Brilliantly blocked by Yoshida this time. Poland still struggling to test the keeper as Japan have been so disciplined at the back!
22' Freekick to Japan in the other end as Usami pings one deep to the far post. Fabianski comes out to collect it safely. Good keeping that. The game has become a lot more cagey now...
21' Glik gets a header in but he had a good hold of Makino's shirt and the ref blows for a foul...
20' Brilliant header by Hiroki Sakai as Grosicki's good cross was there to be hit. Kurzawa was lurking behind Sakai but the fullback makes a top interception. Corner to Poland...
19' Kawashima has had a walk in the park so far as the Poles haven't recorded a single shot on target. Japan with the possession now...
18' The Poles break and get a decent move going on the right. Bednarek is found on the right with a smashing pass from midfield and he lays it off for Grosicki. The latter's pull back for Lewandowski isn't clean enough though and Japan get it away...
17' Spell of possession for the Japanese as the Poles have become a lot more wary of their threat on the counter and have a lot more men off the ball in their own half...
16' Sakai with the shot from the edge of the box! Safely collected by Fabianski! Again, Muto was the orchestrator of the move as his piercing run wasn't stopped by the Polish defence. His layoff for the onrushing Sakai was a good one, but the shot was too weak to test the keeper!
14' Poland need to calm it a bit here as Japan are threatening to take the lead. The Asians are showing a lot of hunger to win the second ball when Poland pump it long to find the wide players or Lewandowski...
13' Muto this time with the shot! Saved well by Fabianski! That's the Muto we want to see as he cuts in and let's one rip. Well read by Fabianski who's positioning was perfect to palm it away!
12' OH MUTO! Why didn't he pass! Terrible pass by Poland as they gave it straight to Muto at the edge of the box but the forward, who had the chance to lay it off to Usami, decided to drift wide! He then picks Nagatomo with a good pass, but the cross is just headed wide by Usami! First real chance of the game!
11' The cross from Nagatomo is just a tad long for Muto! Nagatomo is usually very productive with his passing from that position. He will get a few more chances to redeem himself though...
10' The verdict from the opening 10 minutes is that both teams are very well structured defensively. Japan try to get it forward with Nagatomo making the overlapping run...
9' Sakai receives a good pass from Yoshida in midfield but his control lets him down! He had the time to receive it and make a turn to trouble the Polish defence, but it just didn't happen for the Hamburg man there...
8' Muto this time drops very deep to help his defenders clear the ball. In the end, he holds it well and is fouled by the Polish defence. Japan get a freekick and get it moving quickly... 
7' Japan just haven't been able to counter yet as Poland have maintained a good defensive shape in midfield. The five-man midfield has provided them with the numbers in midfield...
6' Good spell of passing for the Poles again as Zieliński does well to evade a couple of Japanese defenders and cuts in, but the Japan centre-backs do well to smother the chance and get it away. 
5' Good break by Poland as Kurzawa breaks forward but the pass into the box isn't the best. Lewandowski is crowded out by a wave of Japanese defenders and they clear it in the end...
4' Japan this time with a few passes in their own half but they just can't break forward as the passing looks a bit laboured. Poland with good defensive structure here...
3' Good spell of possession for the Japanese as Kurzawa drops deep to get the ball up, but the Japanese press well and force the Poles to backtrack into their own half...
2' The corner is cleared by Usami and the Poles get a feel of the ball in their own half. They got pretty roughed up by the Colombian defence, need to avoid that today...
1' Japan get a few moves going early on and pump it for Okazaki but Fabianski comes off his line to clear! Poland then break through Zielinski and win a corner as Yoshida makes the block! Good fast start this!
Peeeeeeeeeeee! Poland get us underway in their white strip, shooting from right to left! Japan are in their deep blue kit! Group H's fate hangs in the balance, let's go, lads!
Japan have met Poland twice previously in friendlies and won them both. Need to make it three to ensure they finish as group leaders today...
The teams are out in the tunnel and kickoff is moments away! We've got Seven Nation Army to keep us company for the time being!
Japan vs Poland - A bit on the strange lineup choice

A much changed Japanese lineup here. But then again, the players named in the starting XI are no bad either! Inui was in brilliant form and his exclusion is a bit surprising, but Muto's inclusion is a exciting prospect as the forward is equally talented and agile. Talented fullback Gotoku Sakai starts as well and he could in a 5-man backline. Okazaki will lead the line. No Honda and No Kagawa means the Japanese are playing for a draw.

Poland have made a couple of changes in the fullbck area as Jędrzejczyk and Bereszyński start. The pressure will be on Lewandowski to deliver.

This is Amit Mishra, and I’ll be your host for the game! For feedbacks, you can reach me @DerStoic on Twitter or drop an email to Let’s hope for an open game, fellas!
Japan vs Poland - Confirmed Lineups

Japan confirmed XI: Kawashima, Sakai, Makino, Yoshida, Nagatomo, Shibasaki, Sakai, Usami, Yamaguchi, Okazaki, Muto

Poland confirmed XI: Fabianski, Jedrzejczyk, Bednarek, Glik, Bereszynski, Krychowiak, Goralski, Kurzawa, Zielinski, Lewandowski, Grosicki
Japan vs Poland - Qualification scenario update

Japan need a point to go through to the next round. Poland are already out of the tournament and will be playing for pride!

Japanese skipper Makoto Hasebe, however, said his side are not going to be playing for a point, "Japan are not the kind of team that can aim for a point and go and carry that plan out."

"I think we have to focus on getting three points rather than make calculations. We have four points after two games but we haven't accomplished anything yet."
Japan vs Poland - Team News

Two teams have had a contrasting World Cup so far. Japan have shown plenty of fight while the same can’t be said about the Poles who despite boasting a pretty good squad have collected nothing. With just one goal in two games to show for, they will start as the underdogs against

Both sides could have key players return to the starting lineup. Japan manager Akira Nishino had the option of Keisuke Honda on the bench last time and he came on to make the difference. Honda is in line to start this time out after impressing against Senegal.

Takashi Inui had another brilliant game and he is expected to keep his place. We could see Genki Haraguchi being sacrificed for Honda.

Poland, on the other hand, are expected to start with Kamil Glik at the back. The towering centre-half was missed in their opening two games though he played a few minutes against Colombia in the end.

Japan vs Poland - Key Players

Robert Lewandowski had another disappointing outing against Colombia as he was dominated by Yerry Mina throughout the game and didn’t have anything to work with. He’ll have to drop deeper and take part in the buildup play if he can’t make an impact in the box.

For Japan, expect Inui to cause problems on the left. His driving runs and ability to cut in and cause problems is something the Japanese will look at.   

Japan vs Poland - Probable Lineups

Japan probable XI: Kawashima, Sakai, Shoji, Yoshida, Nagatomo, Shibasaki, Hasebe, Honda, Kagawa, Inui, Osako

Poland probable XI: Szczesny, Piszczek, Bednarek, Glik, Bereszynski, Krychowiak, Goralski, Rybus, Zielinski, Lewandowski, Grosicki

Japan vs Poland - Form Guide

Japan: LLWWD
Poland: WDWLL

Japan vs Poland - Kickoff Information

Date: 28th June 2018
Kickoff time: 15:00 (BST), 19:30 (IST)
Venue: Volgograd Stadium
Live Stream: SonyLIV

M. Hasebe
Y. Muto
S. Peszko
R. Kurzawa
Ł. Teodorczyk
P. Zieliński
T. Makino
T. Inui
T. Usami
J. Bednarek
assist: R. Kurzawa
Y. Ōsako
S. Okazaki
Poland (4-2-3-1)
Adam Nawałka (Manager)
E. Kawashima
Y. Nagatomo
T. Makino
M. Yoshida
H. Sakai
T. Usami
H. Yamaguchi
G. Shibasaki
G. Sakai
S. Okazaki
Y. Muto
Ł. Fabiański
A. Jędrzejczyk
J. Bednarek
K. Glik
B. Bereszyński
J. Góralski
G. Krychowiak
R. Kurzawa
P. Zieliński
K. Grosicki
R. Lewandowski
Poland (4-2-3-1)
Adam Nawałka (Manager)
Japan Subs
W. Endo
G. Haraguchi
M. Hasebe
M. Higashiguchi
K. Honda
T. Inui
S. Kagawa
K. Nakamura
R. Oshima
G. Shōji
N. Ueda
Y. Ōsako
Poland Subs
B. Bialkowski
J. Błaszczykowski
D. Kownacki
K. Linetty
A. Milik
M. Pazdan
S. Peszko
Ł. Piszczek
T. Cionek
M. Rybus
W. Szczęsny
Ł. Teodorczyk
10 SHOTS 11
11 FOULS 8
Pos Club P W D L GD Pts
Group A
1 Uruguay 3 3 0 0 5 9
2 Russia 3 2 0 1 4 6
3 Saudi Arabia 3 1 0 2 -5 3
4 Egypt 3 0 0 3 -4 0
Group B
1 Spain 3 1 2 0 1 5
2 Portugal 3 1 2 0 1 5
3 Iran 3 1 1 1 0 4
4 Morocco 3 0 1 2 -2 1
Group C
1 France 3 2 1 0 2 7
2 Denmark 3 1 2 0 1 5
3 Peru 3 1 0 2 0 3
4 Australia 3 0 1 2 -3 1
Group D
1 Croatia 3 3 0 0 6 9
2 Argentina 3 1 1 1 -2 4
3 Nigeria 3 1 0 2 -1 3
4 Iceland 3 0 1 2 -3 1
Group E
1 Brazil 3 2 1 0 4 7
2 Switzerland 3 1 2 0 1 5
3 Serbia 3 1 0 2 -2 3
4 Costa Rica 3 0 1 2 -3 1
Group F
1 Sweden 3 2 0 1 3 6
2 Mexico 3 2 0 1 -1 6
3 Korea Republic 3 1 0 2 0 3
4 Germany 3 1 0 2 -2 3
Group G
1 Belgium 3 3 0 0 7 9
2 England 3 2 0 1 5 6
3 Tunisia 3 1 0 2 -3 3
4 Panama 3 0 0 3 -9 0
Group H
1 Colombia 3 2 0 1 3 6
2 Japan 3 1 1 1 0 4
3 Senegal 3 1 1 1 0 4
4 Poland 3 1 0 2 -3 3
PMatches Played
WMatches Won
DMatches Drawn
LMatches Lost
GDGoal Difference
PtsTotal Points
Tournament FIFA WC 2018 - Week 3
Stadium Volgograd Arena
Match time Thu, 28 Jun 2018, 07:30 PM
Updated: Jun 28, 2018 21:26 PM | Published: Jun 28, 2018 21:01 PM