Japan reaches knock-out stage despite loss to Poland

Why Japan finished above Senegal in Group H?

BOTH Japan and Senegal finished level on points, but it’s the Japanese celebrating qualification to the last-16.

Despite falling to a 1-0 defeat to Poland, their African rivals were beaten by the same scoreline against Colombia.

This resulted in them having the same goal difference and goals scored – which as we know, means the process moves onto fair play.

Japan picked up FOUR bookings in their three games.

But Senegal wracked up SIX , including one today for M’Baye Niang.

That has cost the Africans their place in the competition.

Who will they face next?

JAPAN are set to play the winners of Group G.

That’s either Belgium or England.

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