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Japan vs Poland

Volgograd Arena
Jun 28, 2018 19:30 IST
Full Time
Bednarek
(60')
Makino
(67')
Poland beat Japan (1 - 0)
  • Japan
    JPN
    Poland
    POL
  • 54%
    POSSESSION
    46%
  • 0
    GOALS
    1
  • 10
    SHOTS
    11
  • 3
    SHOTS ON TARGET
    2
  • 11
    FOULS COMMITED
    8
  • 1
    YELLOW CARDS
    0
  • 0
    RED CARDS
    0
  • 1
    OFF SIDES
    0
  • 5
    CORNER KICKS
    7
Match Info
  • Tournament name FIFA World Cup, 2018
  • Venue Volgograd Arena
  • Date Jun 28, 2018 07:30 PM IST
  • Attendance 42189
Match Completed
83'
Muto Yoshinori
Makoto Hasebe
80'
Rafal Kurzawa
Slawomir Peszko
80'
Piotr Zielinski
Lukasz Teodorczyk
67'
Makino
66'
Takashi Usami
Takashi Inui
60'
Bednarek
48'
Shinji Okazaki
Yuya Osako
Half Time
Kick Off

Japan

4-2-3-1
  • 13
    Yoshinori Muto
  • 21
    Gotoku Sakai
    9
    Shinji Okazaki
    11
    Takashi Usami
  • 16
    Hotaru Yamaguchi
    7
    Gaku Shibasaki
  • 19
    Hiroki Sakai
    22
    Maya Yoshida
    20
    Tomoaki Makino
    5
    Yuto Nagatomo
  • 1
    Eiji Kawashima
MIDFIELDER
17
Makoto Hasebe
Midfielder
7
Gaku Shibasaki
Midfielder
8
Genki Haraguchi
Midfielder
16
Hotaru Yamaguchi
Midfielder
4
Keisuke Honda
Midfielder
18
Ryota Oshima
Midfielder
10
Shinji Kagawa
Midfielder
14
Takashi Inui
Midfielder
11
Takashi Usami
Midfielder
GOALKEEPER
1
Eiji Kawashima
Goalkeeper
23
Kosuke Nakamura
Goalkeeper
12
Masaaki Higashiguchi
Goalkeeper
FORWARD
9
Shinji Okazaki
Forward
13
Yoshinori Muto
Forward
15
Yuya Osako
Forward
DEFENDER
3
Gen Shoji
Defender
21
Gotoku Sakai
Defender
19
Hiroki Sakai
Defender
22
Maya Yoshida
Defender
2
Naomichi Ueda
Defender
20
Tomoaki Makino
Defender
6
Wataru Endo
Defender
5
Yuto Nagatomo
Defender

Poland

3-4-3
  • 19
    Piotr Zielinski
    9
    Robert Lewandowski
    11
    Kamil Grosicki
  • 21
    Rafal Kurzawa
    10
    Grzegorz Krychowiak
    6
    Jacek Goralski
    3
    Artur Jedrzejczyk
  • 18
    Bartosz Bereszynski
    15
    Kamil Glik
    5
    Jan Bednarek
  • 22
    Lukasz Fabianski
MIDFIELDER
10
Grzegorz Krychowiak
Midfielder
6
Jacek Goralski
Midfielder
16
Jakub Blaszczykowski
Midfielder
11
Kamil Pawel Grosicki
Midfielder
8
Karol Linetty
Midfielder
13
Maciej Rybus
Midfielder
19
Piotr Zielinski
Midfielder
21
Rafal Kurzawa
Midfielder
17
Slawomir Peszko
Midfielder
GOALKEEPER
12
Bartosz Bialkowski
Goalkeeper
22
Lukasz Fabianski
Goalkeeper
1
Wojciech Szczesny
Goalkeeper
FORWARD
7
Arkadiusz Milik
Forward
23
Dawid Kownacki
Forward
14
Lukasz Teodorczyk
Forward
9
Robert Lewandowski
Forward
DEFENDER
3
Artur Jedrzejczyk
Defender
18
Bartosz Bereszynski
Defender
5
Jan Bednarek
Defender
15
Kamil Glik
Defender
20
Lukasz Piszczek
Defender
2
Michal Pazdan
Defender
4
Thiago Rangel Cionek
Defender
90'
Japan move on
Though it was not the prettiest game for Japan, the results are such that they got the outcome they needed with them making it to the next stage of the tournament. Japan threatened early on but after conceding the goal they played passively to not concede a second. Poland looked like a much better team this game as opposed to how they looked against Colombia and Senegal. They were rewarded with a goal and their first points of the tournament. Poland will still go home disappointed with their performances at this World Cup. Japan are elated and will face either England or Belgium in the round of 16.
90'
It's over
The game comes to an end with Poland winning the game but Japan are still moving on from the group if the results hold
90'
Three more minutes
There will be at least three more minutes played at the end of this game. Japan are desperately trying to see this game out without getting any more yellow cards or goals conceded.
86'
Japan play passively
Japan know they are currently in a position to move on from this group. Because of that, the team is playing conservatively and are trying to not concede another goal before the game is over.
82'
Almost an own goal
Kamil Grosicki has been a menace on the right side of the field for Poland. He is constantly beating defenders and putting in dangerous crosses. His latest cross gets met by Tomoaki Makino but his clearance almost goes in his own net. Eiji Kawashima is forced to push the ball away and out of bounds.
82'
Japan sub
Makoto Hasebe comes on for Yoshinori Muto. Hasebe is a more defensive player. Japan currently will advance due to the result in the other game as Colombia leads Senegal. Japan will not want to concede another goal.
82'
Substitution
Makoto Hasebe (on). Muto Yoshinori (off). (Japan)
79'
Changes for Poland
Poland make two substitutions with Lukasz Teodorczyk replacing Piotr Zielinski and Slawomir Peszko comes on for Rafal Kurzawa.
79'
Substitution
Slawomir Peszko (on). Rafal Kurzawa (off). (Poland)
79'
Substitution
Lukasz Teodorczyk (on). Piotr Zielinski (off). (Poland)
74'
Lewandowski misses
Another counter-attack for Poland has Kamil Grosicki running down the right side onto the ball and he slides a cross to Robert Lewandowski. The Polish striker completely miss hits the ball and it sails over for a goal kick.
72'
Close to an equalizer
Gaku Shibasaki's corner kick meets the head of Maya Yoshida but his header is too high and far to be on target. Japan are close to finding their goal but still find themselves down in this game.
70'
Inui lights a spark
Takashi Inui has come into the game and provided more pace down the left for Japan. He put in a cross that was curling to the far post for a Japanese player but the ball curls too much and goes out for a goal kick.
66'
Makino earns a yellow
Tomoaki Makino earns the first yellow card of the game for a silly foul on Robert Lewandowski in his defensive half. He has gifted a dangerous freekick to Poland.
66'
Yellow Card
Tomoaki Makino (Japan)
65'
Japan substitution
Japan makes their second sub of the game. Takashi Usami comes off on the left side for a like-minded player in Takashi Inui.
65'
Substitution
Takashi Inui (on). Takashi Usami (off). (Japan)
63'
Japan pushing
Since conceding the goal, Japan has had possession and are pushing for an equalizer that will allow them to move on in the tournament. They are lacking that clinical quality though to finish off an attack with a goal.
59'
Poland score
Poland earned a free kick in the Japanese half near the penalty area. Rafal Kurzawa swings in the ball and Jan Bednarek gets his boot to it at the far post and the ball finds the back of the net to give Poland their first ever lead this tournament.
59'
Goal
Jan Bednarek. Assist by Rafal Kurzawa (Poland)
57'
Japan wins a corner
A long ball from Yuto Nagatomo is chased down and kept in by Yoshinori Muto on the left side of the field near Poland's penalty area. Muto gives it to Takashi Usami who wins a corner for his team. Off the corner Tomoaki Makino attempts an athletic kick with the intention of scoring but his shot misses the target and goes out for a goal kick.
53'
Poland close
Poland earn a fast-break down the right side of the field. Kamil Grosicki takes the ball forward with pace and puts in a low cross that is intended for Piotr Zielinski but Eiji Kawashima rushes out from goal and gathers the ball before it reaches the Polish attacker.
52'
Great cross
Takashi Usami gets the ball on the left side of the field near the Polish penalty box. He whips in a fantastic cross at the box but Artur Jedrzejczyk is there to head the ball away before it reaches a Japanese attacker.
50'
Poland attacking
Poland have controlled the ball in the Japan half for most of this second half. Despite maintaining possession, Poland have not gotten off any good shots off and have not threatened the goal much.
47'
Early second half sub
Japan make a substitution just two minutes into the second half. Shinji Okazaki is replaced by Yuya Osako. Okazaki looked a bit injured and tired.
47'
Substitution
Yuya Osako (on). Shinji Okazaki (off). (Japan)
46'
Second half starts
Japan get the second half started with teams looking to break the deadlock.
45'
Goalkeepers shine
There have been some exciting moments in this match and both teams have come close to scoring but both Eiji Kawashima and Lukasz Fabianski have produced excellent saves to keep the game scoreless. Poland has held possession but have not done much when they have that possession, they look more threatening on the counter-attack. Japan has defended well while also getting the ball down the field for attacks. Shinji Okazaki has been everywhere on the field to help his team and has come close to scoring himself. Once again Robert Lewandowski has not had too big of an impact on this game.
45'
Half-time
The whistle is blown for half-time. It goes 0-0 into the half.
45'
One more minute
There will be one added minute of injury time at the end of the first half.
45'
Weather affecting play
The excessive heat today may be affecting some of the play in this match. Players are not as quick and are frequently heading over to grab a water break.
40'
Japan attacking
Though Poland have had strong counter-attacks it has been Japan that has threatened the most when attacking in this first half. Most recent they have won a corner on the right side after Shinji Okazaki narrowly misses a header and the ball hits a polish defender before going out. The corner gets cleared before Japan gets a good shot.
37'
Back and forth
Japan have a dangerous attack in Poland's half but are unable to finish it off. Poland make a quick break and Maya Yoshida has to come up with great defending to prevent the ball from reaching the charging Robert Lewandowski.
35'
Fabianski at the other end
Japan threaten down the right side of the field. Takashi Usami puts in shot from the right side of the penalty area and Lukasz Fabianski deals with the shot well. He parries the ball and collects it afterwards.
32'
What a save
Eiji Kawashima comes up with a magnificent save off of a Kamil Grosicki header. Kawashima dives to his right and gets his hand to the ball to keep it out of the net and the ball gets cleared behind for a Poland corner. This is the first time Eiji Kawashima has been tested by his was up to the task to stop a great shot by Grosicki.
27'
Japan attack
Hiroki Sakai gets the ball on the right side and throws in a threatening cross that is cleared by Kamil Glik. The ball goes behind for a Jpana corner which Gaku Shibasaki takes. The corner is cleared out by Robert Lewandowski.
25'
Game opens up
Both teams are opening up a bit more and are having better attacking chances. Attacking moves are being finished off with shots and teams are getting penetration through the backline. Japan is focusing more on long balls in while Poland build up plays through passing.
20'
Muto wasteful
A ball that just looked like a clearance by Hiroki Sakai bounces into the Polish half and Yoshinori Muto brings down the ball under his control. He is unable to get a shot off. On the reverse side of that, Poland fight their way down field and get a cross that just narrowly misses Rafal Kurzawa on the far post.
16'
Fabianski tested again
Japan work the ball down the field and get it to the top of the penalty area. Gotoku Sakai picks up the ball and takes his shot but Lukasz Fabianski is able to easily grab the ball.
13'
Japan with another shot
This time, Japan's shot is on goal. A long ball is nodded down to Yoshinori Muto. He takes a shot that makes it on-frame. Lukasz Fabianski makes the save and pushes the ball away to the side. He has been tested early but was up to the task.
12'
Japan with a shot
Jan Bednarek gives the ball away with an incredibly poor pass near his own penalty area. Yoshinori Muto picks up the ball and takes it to the left though he could have passed it to the on-rushing Shinji Okazaki. Muto does lay the ball off to Yuto Nagatomo whose cross makes contact with Okazaki's head. The striker's header goes wide of the post.
11'
A period of lull
Both teams are playing passes in their defensive half and at midfield. Though they have had good attacking plays so far. there has not been a single shot on goal in this game.
7'
Poland give-away
Artur Jedrzejczyk gives the ball away in the Japanese half and wastes a good attacking play by Poland. Japan look to break but are slowed down by a tackle from Bartosz Bereszynski though they do maintain possession.
5'
Poland on the break
Poland win the ball in midfield and make a quick break down the right side by way of Piotr Zielinski. Zielinski gets his cross in at Robert Lewandowski but the striker gets caught up with ball and is unable to get a shot off.
1'
Early chance for Japan
Yuto Nagatomo launches a fantastic long ball that almost finds its' way to Shinji Okazaki but Lukasz Fabianski is there to stop the danger and prevent Okazaki from getting a shot.
1'
Kick-off
Poland gets the game started. Japan will be playing in blue and Poland are wearing their white jersey's.
0'
Teams on the field
The two teams have made their way onto the field for the national anthems. Japan fight to move on while Poland fights for pride.
0'
Group H - Matchday 3 - Japan vs Poland
Not many fans expected Japan to be at the top of their group but they have earned that position through their play in the first two games. In Japan's first game against Colombia, they were given a gift by way of a Carlos Sanchez red card in the third minute of the match. From there Japan ground out a win and grab three points over the favored South American side. In their second match against Senegal, they produced two goals in a draw. It was one of the most exciting games of the tournament from two teams that were not expected to go far. They now face an already knocked out Poland team who are playing for pride and their first point in the tournament. Japan only needs a draw to advance to the next round and that result seems likely over a struggling Polish side whereas Japan are finding their rhythm. Japan have made a host of changes to their team that faced Senegal. Tomoaki Makino, comes in for Gen Shoji, Hotaru Yamaguchi, Shinji Okazaki, Takashi Usami, Yoshinori Muto, and Gotoku Sakai earn a start. Japan have great quality on the bench with playmaker Shinji Kagawa and goal scorers Yuya Osako, Takashi Inui, and Keisuke Honda, to bring to the game if needed. Japan are favored and have a great shot of moving on to the next round for the first time since 2010 where they fell to Paraguay on penalties.<br> Poland have been embarrassed this tournament after entering the World Cup as a top 10 team according to the FIFA rankings. With only one goal to their name and two losses Poland were eliminated after their second game against Colombia. This game is all for pride with the team looking for their first point at this tournament. A few changes have been made to the team though they will keep the same formation. Rafal Kurzawa, Artur Jedrzejczyk, Kamil Grosicki, and Kamil Glik start in the field while Lukasz Fabianski will replace Wojciech Szcesny in goal. Robert Lewandowski remains the best player and talisman for this Polish side. Not much can be expect from this team against Japan but if Lewandowski is able to find his scoring boots they could get a result.