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Japan vs Poland:World cup 2018|prediction |Team lineups

Japan vs Poland|19:30 Thusday|Volgograd Arena

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Japan vs Poland

Japan must beat Poland to guarantee a place in the World Cup knockout stages.

 

A comeback draw against Senegal last time out leaves the Samurai Blue top of Group H, and will be wary of how

the African nation copes against Colombia regarding a first- or second-place finish.

Group H P W D L F A Pts
Japan 2 1 1 0 4 3 4
Senegal 2 1 1 0 4 3 4
Colombia 2 1 0 1 4 2 3
Poland 2 0 0 2 1 5 0

 

Start time

Japan face Poland at Volgograd Arena, with kick-off scheduled for 3 pm BST.

Head to head

Japan has faced Poland twice before, winning both times. The first was a 5-0 win in 1996 before a 2-0 friendly win in 2002.

Team news

Goalkeeper Eiji Kawashima is set to keep his place for Japan’s last World Cup group match against Poland despite

an error in the previous game that gifted Senegal’s Sadio Mane the opening goal.

Sitting next to coach Akira Nishino at a news conference on the eve of the Group H game in Volgograd, Kawashima

spoke about his disappointment and that he was intent on making amends.

 

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Nishino said after the 2-2 draw he would assess the goalkeeping situation after Kawashima punched a low shot

straight onto the knee of Mane, who was just in front of him.

Kawashima says he understood the criticism and that he was grateful to his team-mates for retrieving the

situation. He said: “This time. I would like to help them.”

Japan needs to avoid defeat in the match to progress to the round of 16.

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