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Poland was eliminated regardless, they wanted to go out with a win. The match between Senegal vs Colombia was happening at the same time with Senegal losing 0-1 as well and if result had stayed (0-1, 0-1 in both match; Sengal vs Colombia and Poland vs Japan) Japan & Colombia would win the tie breakers and advance to the next stage.

If Senegal had scored a goal, Japan would've been eliminated. So it'd be better for Japan to at least draw with Poland as well in case Senegal also draw with Colombia in the other match but Japan didn't want to risk losing more and gambled that Colombia could hold the result.

In short, Japan gambled on the other match, not their own.

Poland was eliminated regardless, they wanted to go out with a win. The match between Senegal vs Colombia was happening at the same time with Senegal losing as well and if result had stayed (0-1, 0-1 in both match; Sengal vs Colombia and Poland vs Japan) Japan & Colombia would win the tie breakers and advance to the next stage.

If Senegal had scored a goal, Japan would've been eliminated. So it'd be better for Japan to at least draw with Poland as well in case Senegal also draw with Colombia in the other match but Japan didn't want to risk losing more and gambled that Colombia could hold the result.

In short, Japan gambled on the other match, not their own.

Poland was eliminated regardless, they wanted to go out with a win. The match between Senegal vs Colombia was happening at the same time with Senegal losing 0-1 as well and if result had stayed (0-1 in both match; Sengal vs Colombia and Poland vs Japan) Japan & Colombia would win the tie breakers and advance to the next stage.

If Senegal had scored a goal, Japan would've been eliminated. So it'd be better for Japan to at least draw with Poland as well in case Senegal also draw with Colombia in the other match but Japan didn't want to risk losing more and gambled that Colombia could hold the result.

In short, Japan gambled on the other match, not their own.

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Poland was eliminated regardless, they wanted to go out with a win. The match between Senegal vs Colombia was happening at the same time with Senegal losing as well and if result had stayed (0-1, 0-1 in both match; Sengal vs Colombia and Poland vs Japan) Japan & Colombia would win the tie breakers and advance to the next stage.

If Senegal had scored a goal, Japan would've been eliminated. So it'd be better for Japan to at least draw with Poland as well in case Senegal also draw with Colombia in the other match but Japan didn't want to risk losing more and gambled that Colombia could hold the result.

In short, Japan gambled on the other match, not their own.