LIVE: Japan Aims to Clinch Place in World Cup Knockout Stage vs. Poland

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Follow along for live updates and highlights of goals and key plays as Japan meets Poland in the World Cup group stage.

Japan is a win or a draw away from the knockout stage of the World Cup, but it can ill afford a slip-up against already-eliminated Poland in their Group H finale.

Japan beat Colombia and drew Senegal to put itself in position to go through, while Poland fell against both of those opponents despite being the team in the group that came out of the top pot in December’s draw. Instead, Robert Lewandowski & Co. are reduced to the role of spoiler. If it beats Japan, the Samurai Blue could go out, so they’ll be looking to take care of business while also doing a bit of scoreboard watching on Thursday. A Japan loss combined with a Colombia-Senegal draw would send Japan crashing out, while a Japan loss that is by more goals than a Senegal loss would also eliminate the Asian nation.

Stay tuned here for live updates and highlights of goals and key plays from throughout the match (refresh here for most recent updates).

For updates from the other simultaneous Group H finale between Senegal and Colombia, read on here.


Here are the lineups for both teams:


Here are the rosters for both sides:

JAPAN

Goalkeepers: Eiji Kawashima (Metz), Masaaki Higashiguchi (Gamba Osaka), Kosuke Nakamura (Kashiwa Reysol)

Defenders: Yuto Nagatomo (Galatasaray), Tomoaki Makino (Urawa Reds), Wataru Endo (Urawa Reds), Maya Yoshida (Southampton), Hiroki Sakai (Marseille), Gotoku Sakai (Hamburg), Gen Shoji (Kashima Antlers), Naomichi Ueda (Kashima Antlers)

Midfielders: Makoto Hasebe (Eintracht Frankfurt), Keisuke Honda (Pachuca), Takashi Inui (Eibar), Shinji Kagawa (Borussia Dortmund), Hotaru Yamaguchi (Cerezo Osaka), Genki Haraguchi (Fortuna Dusseldorf), Takashi Usami (Fortuna Dusseldorf), Gaku Shibasaki (Getafe), Ryota Oshima (Kawasaki Frontale)

Forwards: Shinji Okazaki (Leicester), Yuya Osako (Werder Bremen), Yoshinori Muto (Mainz)

Manager: Akira Nishino

POLAND

Goalkeepers: Bartosz Bialkowski (Ipswich Town), Lukasz Fabianski (Swansea), Wojciech Szczesny (Juventus)

Defenders: Jan Bednarek (Southampton), Bartosz Bereszynski (Sampdoria), Thiago Cionek (SPAL), Kamil Glik (AS Monaco), Artur Jedrzejczyk (Legia Warszawa), Michal Pazdan (Legia Warszawa), Lukasz Piszczek (Borussia Dortmund)

Midfielders: Jakub Blaszczykowski (VfL Wolfsburg), Jacek Goralski (Ludogorets Razgrad), Kamil Grosicki (Hull City), Grzegorz Krychowiak (West Brom), Rafal Kurzawa (Gornik Zabrze), Karol Linetty (Sampdoria), Slawomir Peszko (Lechia Gdansk), Maciej Rybus (Lokomotiv Moscow), Piotr Zielinski (Napoli)

Forwards: Dawid Kownacki (Sampdoria), Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich), Arkadiusz Milik (Napoli), Lukasz Teodorczyk (Anderlecht)

Manager: Adam Nawalka

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