Japan vs Poland: Match in pictures

Akira Nishino's call to change his Japan team almost backfired as it progressed on fair play after a 1-0 defeat to Poland.

Japan became the first team to qualify from the World Cup group stages via fair play rankings despite a 1-0 defeat to Poland. (Getty Images)
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Jan Bednarek's fine strike won the game for Poland. (Getty Images)
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Japan scarcely threatened as Shinji Kagawa and Takashi Inui started on the bench and they were instead dependent on results elsewhere. (Getty Images)
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Akira Nishino's call to change his Japan team almost backfired as they progressed on fair play after a 1-0 defeat to Poland. (Getty Images)
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A fan celebrates after Japan qualified for the round of 16. (Getty Images)
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On the other hand, it was disappointing for Poland fans as they crashed out despite winning the game. (Getty Images)
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On this showing, neither England nor Belgium – Japan's potential last-16 opponents – will fear playing Nishino's men. (Getty Images)
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Poland earned their first point but it was Japan who entered the knock-out phase. (Getty Images)
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The Samurai Blue had beaten Colombia and drawn with Senegal to enter their final Group H match. (Getty Images)
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Jan Bednarek's brilliant goal couldn't help Poland qualify. (Getty Images)
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