Japan slip through to last 16 despite Poland loss

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Jan Bednarek scored the lone goal for Poland as they end the tournament with three points and a consolation win over Japan.

Senegal and Japan both lost on Thursday, putting the teams in a tie for second place in Group H - but Japan would take the final spot in the knockout round thanks to the controversial "fair play" tiebreaker.

Egypt failed to pick up a point in three games Group A, while Tunisia, who face Panama on Thursday, have lost their first two games and can not advance from Group G.

Senegal became the final team to be eliminated from the group stage of the 2018 World Cup on Thursday, and it happened in the most gut-wrenching fashion imaginable.

Group H has featured some of the most surprising and exciting football of the 2018 World Cup thus far.

Earlier, Colombia beat Senegal 1-0 and finish top of Group H, sending the African side crashing out.

With the two sides having drawn 2-2 in their group fixture, meaning their head-to-head record was also level, it then went to the next deciding parameter - fair play.

The centre-back, now at the World Cup with Senegal, believes the £88m (€100m) switch he is being linked with is mad.

"I fancy Colombia [advancing] after that performance [against Poland] - I thought they were absolutely brilliant and I like Senegal as well, but I just feel like Colombia had that horror moment in their first match getting a red card and losing that match [against Japan] and now they have a lot of momentum", TSN soccer analyst Steven Caldwell said. It is as rough a way as you can imagine being eliminated from the tournament, outside of a giving up a last-second goal. That resulted in the rarely-used fair play rule to determine which team advanced.

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