Japan v Poland, 28 June 2018

Score1-0 to Poland
RefereeJanny Sikazwe
CompetitionFIFA World Cup Group H
VenueVolgograd Arena, Volgograd
Attendance42,189
Kick-off: 5.00pm local Japan v Poland was Match 47 of the FIFA World Cup 2018 Refereeing team: Referee: Janny Sikazwe (Zambia) Assistant Referee 1: Jerson Dos Santos (Angola) Assistant Referee 2: Zakhele Siwela (South Africa) Fourth Official: Ricardo Montero (Costa Rica) Reserve AR: Juan Mora (Costa Rica) VAR: Daniele Orsato (Italy) Japan became the first nation in the history of the World Cup finals to progress out of the group stages on the fair play rule. FIFA stats showed that they conceded 28 fouls; fewer than any other nation in three group games at Russia 2018. Although they had identical records in their three group games, Japan progressed to the round of 16 at the expense of Senegal due to their superior fair play record (Japan were shown a total of three yellow cards in their three games compared to Senegal's five). Japan had now failed to score in five of their last six games in the World Cup finals against European nations (lost three) with their only goals scored in a 3-1 win against Denmark in 2010. Poland had now won all of their 14 games when they had scored the first goal at a World Cup finals. This was the first time that Poland had kept a clean sheet in a game at the World Cup finals since a 1-0 win against Portugal in 1986. They had conceded 23 goals in the ten subsequent games. Poland became the first European nation eliminated from the 2018 World Cup when they lost against Colombia. This is the third consecutive World Cup finals that they have gone out at the group stage (also 2002 and 2006).

0  Japan

Manager: Hakira Nishino

1  Poland

Manager: Adam Nawalka

Goals:

Goals:

Jan Bednarek 59 G

Starting lineup:

Goalkeeper Eiji Kawashima (captain)
Defender Tomoaki Makino
Defender Yuto Nagatomo
Defender Hiroki Sakai
Defender Maya Yoshida
Defender/Midfielder Gotoku Sakai
Midfielder Gaku Shibasaki
Midfielder Takashi Usami
Midfielder Hotaru Yamaguchi
Forward Yoshinori Mutō
Forward Shinji Okazaki

Starting lineup:

Goalkeeper Łukasz Fabiański
Defender Jan Bednarek
Defender Kamil Glik
Defender/Midfielder Bartosz Bereszyński
Defender/Midfielder Grzegorz Krychowiak
Midfielder Jacek Góralski
Midfielder Rafal Kurzawa
Midfielder Piotr Zieliński
Midfielder/Forward Kamil Grosicki
Forward Robert Lewandowski (captain)

Substitutions:

Yuya Osako for Shinji Okazaki 47
Takashi Inui for Takashi Usami 65
Makoto Hasebe for Yoshinori Mutō 82

Substitutions:

Slawomir Peszko for Rafal Kurzawa 79
Łukasz Teodorczyk for Piotr Zieliński 79

Cards:

Tomoaki Makino 66 Y

Cards:

On the bench:

Goalkeeper Kosuke Nakamura
Defender Wataru Endo
Defender Gen Shoji
Defender Naomichi Ueda
Midfielder Genki Haraguchi
Midfielder Makoto Hasebe
Midfielder Keisuke Honda
Midfielder Takashi Inui
Midfielder Shinji Kagawa
Midfielder Ryota Ohshima
Forward Yuya Osako

On the bench:

Goalkeeper Bart Białkowski
Goalkeeper Wojciech Szczęsny
Defender Thiago Cionek
Defender Michal Pazdan
Defender Lukasz Piszczek
Midfielder Karol Linetty
Midfielder Slawomir Peszko
Midfielder Maciej Rybus
Forward Dawid Kownacki
Forward Arkadiusz Milik