Japan vs Poland 0-1 Highlights 28 June 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia

Even though the Blue Samurai went down 1-0 to the Poles they still advanced to the round of 16 after finishing second in Group H behind Colombia — but the manner in which they got there has given the World Cup an ugly black eye.

Poland was out of contention after losing its first two games but fellow Group H competitor Senegal — who had four points from two games — was still a chance of sneaking into the top two. But the African nation’s dream was crushed when it suffered a 1-0 loss to Colombia.

Senegal and Japan both finished on the same amount of points with the same goal difference and an earlier 2-2 draw between the two sides meant they couldn’t be split by their head-to-head record. So, for the first time in World Cup history, Fair Play rules came into effect, where the team with fewer yellow cards was rewarded.

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