New Delhi: The thrilling and entertaining action of the ongoing FIFA World Cup 2018 on Thursday evening (June 28) brought an end to the group-stage round of the tournament. Group G and Group H had their respective fixtures left to entertain the football crowd in Russia with Belgium versus England being the main attraction of the day. Although the highlight was the Fair Play rule that came into play allowing Japan to head into the round of 16.
Japan lost against Poland by a goal in Group-H tie, but scripted history with Fair Play rule playing a bigger role in their advance to the last 16 adding to the woe of Senegal who lost their match against Colombia. Meanwhile, in Group G, a stunner of a curl from Adnan Januzaj helped Belgium upset England to top the group, while Tunisia bowed out of the tournament with a convincing 2-1 win over Panama.
Japan vs Poland:
Southampton defender Roman Bednarek’s headed home a freekick in the 59th minute of the game at the Volgograd Stadium to ensure Poland’s victory over Japan. Despite the loss, Japan edged past Senegal to step into the last 16 of the tournament as per Fair Play rule. Japan proceded on the grounds of picking up fewer bookings in the group stage, than Senegal.
Senegal vs Colombia:
With Poland scoring against Japan in the second half and Colombia’s Yerry Mina heading the decisive winner against Senegal, the Latin American country earned a sure spot in the last 16. While, Senegal, via the tally of yellow cards they picked in the tournament so far, walked out of the race to last 16.
England vs Belgium:
Adnan Januzaj curler from inside the box in the second half stood out through the 90 minutes of action in Kaliningrad Stadium as England, who made eight changes for the match, finished second in Group G. This implied, England will face Colombia in the round of 16 and probable calculations may see them avoid Brazil in the quarters.
Tunisia vs Panama:
Both the nation played from pride after falling short of points to qualify for the last 16 having lost their respective first-two matches. Panama took the lead 33 minutes into the game with when Jose Luis Rodriguez’s strike deflected off Yassine Meriah. However, Tunisia pulled off the equaliser five minutes into the second half when Fakhreddine Ben Youssef struck the ball off a Wahbi Khazri cross before the latter shot the winner to end the game 2-1 in favour of the African nation.
There are no matches on June 29, for it is sort of a rest day before the round of 16 of FIFA World Cup 2018 kicks off from Saturday onwards with the match between France and Argentina and Uruguay and Portugal.