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Belgium go top ahead of England, Japan and Colombia advance

29 June, 2018, 14:49 | Author: Lula Armstrong
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Until then, Japan had looked content to contain Poland in stifling heat in Volgograd and they left in-form midfielder Takashi Inui on the bench until they were chasing an equaliser. Japan had acquired four, Senegal six, which elevated Japan to second place in Group H and eliminated Senegal from the tournament.

A brilliant strike by Adnan Januzaj lit up an otherwise insipid clash as Belgium beat England 1-0 to secure top spot in World Cup Group G in Kaliningrad on Thursday. "Hopefully we can go even further, although now we have to beat Belgium to reach the quarter-finals - nightmare!"

One disgruntled fan noted the irony of Japan becoming the first team to advance under the "fair play" rule after collecting fewer bookings than Senegal, posting: "It's amusing how Japan went through playing anti-football but we live to fight another day".

Senegal lost 1-0 to Colombia on Thursday and finished third in Group H, level on points and goal difference with Japan but below them because they collected two more yellow cards.

Check below for game reports, highlights and other key facts from World Cup 2018 Day 15. "The fact that (goalkeeper Eiji) Kawashima, who had difficulties in the first two games, was able to make a great save and help out the team was also important".

The next tiebreaker would be points earned in matches between the teams that are tied, but Japan and Senegal played to a 2-2 draw when they met in the group stage, so that was a wash as well.

Nishino ditched his conservative nature, however, and surprised many by making six changes when it was expected that he would once again name an unchanged team.


Poland, though, came closest to taking the lead when in the 32nd minute, goalkeeper Eiji Kawashima did well to keep a well-guided header from Kamil Grosicki out.

Amazingly, this has been used as recently as 1990, when Ireland and the Netherlands tied for Group F. They both drew all three games, scored two goals and conceded two goals each and Sepp Blatter was forced to draw one of two balls out of a bowl.

But with minutes remaining, any kind of urgency went from the game.

Yet Mina ensured Colombia were not made to pay when he headed home, sparking delirium among the Colombian fans who formed a sea of yellow inside the stadium.

"There was a lot of tension in the air today and, in that regard, I think my team did very well".

Just like qualification, it doesn't matter how you get there, the crucial thing is to do it.

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