The result does hold, Japan are through!
- 2nd Half
Japan - Poland
World Cup - 28 June 2018
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Japan lose, but they will go through if the result in the other game hlds!
The whistles and boos are loud as both sides very casually knock the ball around the middle of the park.
Neither side is showing any interest in attacking and the crowd aren't happy.
Japan are clearly relying ont he score holding in the other game.
SUB: Muto is replaced by Hasebe.
Poland are showing confidence like they haven't displayed yet at this tournament. Japan need to pose more of a threat to keep this in their hands.
A Grosicki cross from the right is nearly turned in by Makino for an own goal!
SUB: Peszko and Teodorczyk replace Kurzawa and Zieliński.
Poland win a corner but Glick heads it wide.
Colombia have now scored, which means Senegal and Japan are now separated by fair play!
Senegal have had five yellows to Japan's three.
Grosicki has space on the right flank and puts a square ball in to Lewandowski - his first touch puts the ball over the bar!
Nine times out of 10 Lewy puts that in the net!
Japan win a corner. Shibasaki swings it in but Yoshida's header glances wide of the post.
SUB: Usami makes way for Inui.
Usami plays a 35-yard diagonal into the box to pick out Muto brilliantly, but his first touch lets him down.
That was bad news for Japan: as it stands, Senegal and Colombia are through!
A great finish from Bednarek, but Sakai didn't stay with his runner and paid the price.
Poland win a free kick around 35 yards from goal. Kurzawa floats it in and Bednarek volleys into the net!
Shibasaki puts a corner into the mixer and it falls to centre-back Makino, who attempts a very ambitious overhead kick! It lands in the side netting.
Nagatomo does well on the left flank and finds Muto in the box, but his attempted dribble is cut out by the resolute Polish back line.
Usami comes down the left channel, cuts in on right boot like some kind of reverse Arjen Robben and unleashes a shot. But it's blocked.
If these results hold, Japan will win the group over Senegal thanks to their superior fair play record. Japan has three yellow cards, Senegal five.
SUB: Osako replaces Okazaki
THE SECOND HALF BEGINS!
Japan kick off. They currently top Group H, but need at least a draw to keep it in their own hands.
Both sides had chances, with Grosicki's header being the strongest. However, this has been far from a classic.
Bednarek is penalised for grabbing Yuto's shorts. The assistant shows one minute of extra time.
Usami floats a lovely diagonal ball to Sakai in the box, who controls it brilliantly. However Bednarek dispossesses and clears.
The Poland back line have done well today.
Another corner for Japan from Shibasaki, and it's cleared again.
Shibasaki swings in a corner but Fabianski confidently claims it once again.
Usami breaks into the box on the right, and pushes towards the touchline, looking as if he'll cut back a cross... but he shoots from a narrow angle and forces a good save!
Goal line technology confirms that header did not cross the line.
What an outstanding save!
Grosicki heads towards goal and sees it saved by Kawashima on the line!
That's a truly world-class save! Grosicki was already reeling away celebrating!
Poland have had 60% of possession, but they have done little with it. Japan have looked livelier playing off the break, with better movement off the ball.
The corner is an outswinger by Shibasaki, which Bednarek heads to safety.
Japan win their first corner as Glick heads out Sakai's cross.
Kurawaw has space to make a run in the middle of the park towards goal. Around 25 yards out, he unwinds a shot, but it doesn't get through traffic.
Fabianski comes well off his line to confidently claim a cross. He's done no harm in his claim to be Polish No. 1 so far.
Kurzawa takea a corner, which Glick heads towards the bottom right cortner of the net. The 'keeper saves but the ref blows up for a foul in the area.
Muto tries to trap a high ball on the edge of the Polish box, with a view to shooting, but his close control fails him.
Poland are playing some neat football, but give the ball away far too often.
Kurzawa plays a neat one-two on the left corner of the area with Lewandowski, but the No. 9's eventual shot is blocked.
Muto gets his pop at goal with a low drive from 20 yards but Fabianski does well to bat it away!
Muto steals a sloppy Bednarek pass near the edge of the box and makes a square run. He's dispossessed before he has the chance to make a pass.
Poland got off lightly there.
Krychowiak gives away the ball sloppily in his own half, sparking a Japan break. Shibasaki pushes forward and attempts a cross but there's too much on it.
Kurzawa, after reciving the ball from Lewandowski, attempts a low cross into the box but it's blocked.
It's been an even contest so far. Japan knock it around their back line at walking pace.
There's talk of introducing drinks breaks in the 37c heat today, but thanfkully the entire field is in the shade.
At the other end, Poland win a corner but it's easily cleared.
Okazaki latches on to a long ball amnd forced Fabianski to come to the edge of his box to clear!
AND WE'RE OFF!
Zambian referee Janny Sikazwe pips his whistle and Robert Lewandowski takes the first touch!
The teams are on the pitch!
It's a great atmosphere in Volgograd. Everybody is ready to have a lovely time... and clean up after themselves when it's done.
Kick-off is 10 minutes away in Volgograd.
Japan, who have made six changes to their side, need only a draw to reach the second stage for the thrid time in their history. Poland have already booked their flights home and are playing for pride alone.
Curiously, all four of Japan's World Cup scorers are on the bench today in a game where they must earn at least a draw to secure progression.
Perhaps they aspire to be on the more difficult half of the draw?
It could be a slow-paced game today.
According to the interwebs, it is currently a scorching 37c in Volgograd.
It might be a busy day for Lukasz Fabianski: Poland's last clean sheet in the World Cup came against Portugal in 1986. They've shipped 23 goals in 10 games since.
Japan have made six changes to the side that drew 2-2 with Senegal. They are expected to switch to a 4-4-2 with Shinji Okazaki partnering Yoshinori Muto up top. Several of the starters will be seeing their first World Cup minutes, which seems a risky strategy at this stage.
Poland, on the other hand, have nothing to lose, and have made five changes.
Today's kick-offs have implications for England fans, as the Three Lions or Belgium will face either Japan, Senegal or Colombia in the Round of 16.
As it currently stands, England will take on Senegal.
Conversely, relatively little was expected of Japan going into Russia. Yet the Samurai Blue kicked off the campaign with a 2-1 win over Colombia - the first victory for an Asian team over a South American one at the World Cup.
Japan are guaranteed passage to the knockout rounds if they match or better Colombia's result against Senegal.
It's been a very disappointing tournament for Poland so far. After a strong qualification campaign - in which Robert Lewandowski came out as top scorer in all qualificvation regions - big things were expected of the Poles. However, they looked lacklustre in defeats to Senegal and Colombia.
They have never left a World Cup group stage without at least a one win, so will be looking to regain some pride today.
JAPAN: Kawashima, Hiroki Sakai, Yoshida, Makino, Nagatomo, Gotoku Sakai, Shibasaki, Yamaguchi, Usami, Okazaki, Muto. /// POLAND: Fabianski, Jedrzejczyk, Glik, Bednarek, Bereszynski, Kurzawa, Goralski, Krychowiak, Zielinski, Grosicki, Lewandowski.
Here's how they'll line up as Group H leaders take on the already-eliminated Poland.
Hello and welcome to Eurosport's live commentary of the World Cup Group H clash between Japan and Poland. This is Ryan Bailey (@ryanjaybailey) taking you through all the action from the Volgograd. Kick off is 16.00 BST, team news to follow shortly.