Let the fun commence. Belgium hopes to make the quarterfinals of the World Cup for the first time since 1986.
With Colombia beating Senegal 1-0, Japan knew they would qualify second in their group on the strength of having fewer yellow cards than Senegal and so were content to play the final several minutes passing around the ball to run down the clock.
Poland, happy to get a victory after two losses, did little to pressure Japan's players.
A team with talent especially in the attacking half, the Polish squad were ranked eighth in the world and were placed against Senegal, Colombia and Japan who were all ranked lower - with the Colombians being the closest at 16th.
Both sets of fans booed as referee Damir Skomina blew his whistle for half time.
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However, Jose Pekerman's side scored the only goal of the game on 75 minutes when Yerry Mina headed home Juan Fernando Quintero's cross.
Before everyone starts talking about who England have managed to avoid in the World Cup quarter-finals by losing to Belgium on Thursday night, there is one pretty major team standing in their way.
Jan Bednarek scored the only goal of the game as Poland signed off a disappointing campaign with a win.
Panama carried the lead into halftime but lost it just six minutes into the second period when Tunisia's Fakhreddine Ben Youssef finished this flowing move.
Once it was confirmed their team would advance, wild celebrations lasted into the early hours of Friday morning. They also played to a 2-2 draw on Monday (AEST).
Japan reach last 16 despite loss to Poland
Japan and Senegal finished with the same number of points, the same goal difference and the same number of goals scored. Japan , therefore, reached the round of 16 along with Colombia, with England or Belgium lying in wait.
"It is sad for Germany", said striker Marcus Berg, "but this is the thing: karma can be a bad thing sometimes".
Feel free to mock me when none of them are right! "It feels really nice".
Poland was eliminated from the World Cup on Thursday, despite managing its first win of the tournament. That hasn't stopped the team being abused by some supporters back home, however, and star striker Sardar Azmoun has retired from worldwide football as a result.
BS: Well, so I actually mentioned this on Twitter and had a couple people get back to me. and said that there was something to it. "Unfortunately because of the unkindness of some people, and the insults that me and my team-mates in no way deserved, her illness has become severe".
"I chose to keep the status quo in our game, and rely instead on the other result".
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Les Bleus will have to, with a wounded Argentina team that has to feel like it was given a reprieve. You don't want to see smiles in the changing rooms.