The End Of The Japan-Poland Game Annoyed A Lot Of Football Fans
Senegal were knocked out of the World Cup in the most cruel circumstances, with Japan progressing from Group H into the knockouts because they had two less yellow cards than Aliou Cissé's side.
Due to the two sides boasting identical records, having drew 2-2 with one another on Sunday and both winning 2-1 and losing 1-0 in their other two games, it was Japan who pipped Senegal to the second spot courtesy of the four play ruling.
With both games kicking off at the same time, in the latter stages of the match Japan were well aware of the Senegal result and the fact that they were heading through.
So despite losing 1-0 to Poland, they showed absolutely no intent on attacking. With the game played at a walking pace, their opponents let them pass the back at the back under no pressure to see the game out.
It got under the skin of plenty of folk on social media:
Dunno if you've watched the last 10 minutes of Japan vs Poland, but is pretty disgraceful, both teams walking around just passing it side to side. Not great #WorldCup - DoctorBenjyFM / Ben (@DoctorBenjy) June 28, 2018
You can't let Japan go through on fairplay based on the last 10 minutes from Poland and Japan. That's not fairplay.
- Dezil Dez :flag_ng: (@DezilDezz) June 28, 2018
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Disgusted by Japan and Poland. Very unsporting display from them and despite FIFA's best efforts to eliminate that kind of thing from our game, obviously with technology scores work their way around quickly. Poland are complicit in this as well. Very poor.
- stabilizermotion (@Dan_AlmostDope) June 28, 2018
Japan just walking around passing ball occasionally. Poland letting them do it. Bit of a disgrace. Have not seen football like this since Chelsea gave up against Manchester City
- Men in Blazers (@MenInBlazers) June 28, 2018
Knocked out on yellow cards. Cruel on Senegal. Farcical end to Japan v Poland as Poland backed off and Japan completed about 600 sideways passes playing out time.
- James Pearce (@JamesPearceEcho) June 28, 2018
Blatant cheating from #Japan and #Poland to eliminate #Senegal. HEADS [email protected] how is this fair? This is disgraceful ffs!!!! pic.twitter.com/5ksaK2NIuA
- Sajid Noor (@muchsajid) June 28, 2018
The ending of Japan and Poland pic.twitter.com/RcWAwZRIHm
- Juan "WorldCup" Direction (@JuanDirection58) June 28, 2018
The last ten minutes of Japan/Poland showed SO MUCH LESS "fair play" than any yellow card. Football is unjust.
- John Green (@sportswithjohn) June 28, 2018
Japan and Poland basically walking on the pitch. Disrespectful. I need a Senegal goal asap
- Thuto (@Thuto_Bokisi) June 28, 2018
The end of that japan game was absolutely disgusting. Does not belong at a World Cup. Everyone walking.
- Jake (@Jakebrown1994) June 28, 2018
Rules are rules but it doesn't feel like fair play, does it?
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