The second match saw the never give up attitude of the Japanese team as they twice clawed back from a goal down in each half to finish the match 2-2 against an impressive Senegalese side.
Many Japan fans said they understood the team's passive approach during the World Cup game against Poland on Thursday as a tactic to advance to the knockout stage, but others who had hoped for goals and victory by the Samurai Blue called it a major turnoff.
So despite losing 1-0 to Poland, they showed absolutely no intent on attacking. Widely regarded as an unsatisfying way of deciding qualification, the farcical nature of Japan's willingness to do nothing at all, completely relying, as Nishino alluded to; "the other match".
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Coming into this afternoon's games sitting atop Group H, anything other than a defeat to Poland would have guaranteed Japan their place in the next round. I forced my players to do what I said. However, both players and coach alike are united in their conviction not to set out for a draw.
When it came down to the fair play tiebreaker, Senegal had accrued two more yellow cards in the group stage than its Asian counterpart.
His cleverly directed header looked destined for the bottom corner until Kawashima made up huge amounts of ground to claw it to safety with a right hand at full stretch.
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Poland's star striker Robert Lewandowski missed a good chance to double the lead in the 74th minute, meaning he failed to score in all three matches he played at the World Cup in Russian Federation.
However, it's Akira Nishino's side who will play the winners of England's group in Rostov-on-Don on July 2 due to their superior fair play record. "Do not go for any high risks.' I told him not to concede any yellow cards, go 4-1-4-1, defensive, and then I told him to tell the team to 'stay put".
Poland coach Adam Nawalka said his team proved they were not quitters by winning their first game at a World Cup since they beat Costa Rica in Germany in 2006.
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