Japan loses to Poland 1-0, still advances due to fair play

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After starting Russian Federation 2018 with five representatives from the continent, Tunisia, Egypt, Morroco, and Nigeria have all suffered elimination at the first round.

Senegal became the first team to ever be eliminated from the World Cup on the fair play tiebreaker rule after the team lost to Colombia 1-0 on Thursday.

Aliou Cisse's team finished with the same number of points, same goal difference and goals scored as their Asian rivals in Group H - the first three deciders of ranking in the pools.

"We know we already have 15 million Senegalese behind us and now we have all the continent".

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England await either Colombia or Japan depending on their result against Belgium tonight. Colombia topped the group with six points.

It is only the third time Japan have reached the round of 16 after 2002 World Cup the country hosted with South Korea and the 2010 tournament in South Africa. "We will not give up and I think there will be great things in the future".

Previously, a random drawing of lots would have decided which team would advance between Japan and Senegal.

If England were to win that quarter-final, their semi-final opponent could be any of Uruguay, Portugal, France, Denmark, Nigeria, Argentina (if they manage to get out of the group) or even Iceland at 7pm on July 10 at Saint Petersburg Stadium.