Poland, who had already been eliminated from the World Cup, got their goal against Japan in the 59th minute.
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Amid a crescendo of boos and whistles as neither side tried to score, Japan advanced to the knockout round at the World Cup tournament because of a newly implemented tiebreaker – fewer yellow cards.Both Japan and Senegal finished the group phase with four points, had the same goal difference and the same amount of goals scored. Japan had four yellow cards in their three group matches while Senegal had six.However, Colombia's goal in the 74th minute of the other group match in Samara meant Japan were in second place and would advance.Japan coach Akira Nishino made six changes to the starting lineup ahead of the match – all four of Japan's scorers in the previous two games were left on the bench.
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