At the half-way mark in the final round of games in Group H, Japan and Senegal remain poised to qualify for the round-of-16.
Colombia will face the runner-up of Group G, which will be either England or Belgium.
Barcelona's Yerry Mina's goal in the 74th minute was the difference as the South American finished top of the group. Fair play - which was only introduced as a tiebreaker at this year's World Cup - was then used to split the pair, with Japan's four yellow cards beating Senegal's six.
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Win over England not priority, says Martinez Again stressing England's woeful record at major tournaments in recent years, he added: 'We've not won a knockout game since 2006. Argentina topped Group A ahead of Italy and Bulgaria. "We have to keep building that belief and building those experiences".
After much speculation over previous days about his place in the team, Japan goalkeeper Eiji Kawashima proved his worth in spectacular fashion with about 15 minutes left in the first half, just keeping out a free header from Kamil Grosicki.
Robert Lewandowski then skied the ball over from inside the area as Japan stood on the brink of elimination.
The tie was, however, turned on its head in the 59th minute when poor marking from the Japanese gave Bednarek plenty of time and space inside the area, where he meet Rafal Kurzawa's risky freekick with a perfectly-cushioned volley into the back of the net.
The game petered out in the dying minutes in farcical circumstances with both Japan and Poland so happy with the result that they were content to let the Japanese play keep-ball in their own half. Neither Japan nor Poland made an effort to win the match after hearing about Mina's goal over in Samara.
"The manner in which the team qualified was not the initial goal", said Nishino afterward.
The Japanese played out goalless draw at halftime and were looking like they were heading for the exit doors. "It was hard for the bench and the players on the pitch to deal with the situation under the circumstances".
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Jose Pekerman has refused to entertain the prospect of seeing Colombia's stuttering World Cup campaign end at the first hurdle. Many pundits think that England will be in a better position if they lose today and avoid a quarter-final clash with Brazil.
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And the Arsenal midfielder clashed with a fan as he left the pitch after Germany were beaten by South Korea . Still, South Korea's win was splashed on the front page of nearly every newspaper in the country.
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And that's when Kim Young-gwon found himself standing in front of the net, with the ball at his feet. Germany ended up last in Group F while Sweden and Mexico advanced to the round of 16.
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