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Japan slip through to last 16 despite Poland loss

VOLGOGRAD, Russia: Japan became the only Asian side to progress to the World Cup’s last 16 on Thursday, slipping through despite losing 1-0 against already-eliminated Poland thanks to their lower tally of yellow cards, which meant Senegal went out. The ‘Samurai Blue’ needed a draw to definitely advance to the knockout rounds after they beat Colombia and drew with Senegal in the previous two games, reversing low expectations at the start of the tournament. Yet they still progressed in second place on account of having…

Poland beat Ukraine to advance for first time

MARSEILLE, France: Poland can prepare for a European Championship last-16 meeting with Switzerland after Jakub Blaszczykowski's crisp, second-half goal beat already-eliminated Ukraine 1-0 on Tuesday to send them into the knockout stage for the first time.

Portugal grab World Cup lifeline, Belgium reach last 16

CUIABA, Brazil: Cristiano Ronaldo's Portugal seized a World Cup lifeline with a dramatic stoppage-time equaliser to secure a 2-2 draw against the United States after highly-fancied Belgium booked a place in the last 16 on Sunday. Belgium scored in the 88th minute of a pedestrian 1-0 win over Russia leaving Algeria to light up Group H by routing South Korea 4-2. Portugal had looked on their way out of the tournament until the fifth minute of added time in the Group G clash when Ronaldo's curling cross from the right was met…