Jan Bednarek scored the only goal of the game for the already-eliminated Poles a minute before the hour mark to condemn Japan to their first defeat of the campaign, in what proved to be a woeful display from the Asian side.
Japanese football fans on Friday debated their team's controversial tactics at the World Cup, with most accepting them as an inevitable outcome of the tournament's tiebreaking format.
"My decision was to rely on the other match", Nishino said after full-time.
Nice guys don't necessarily finish last at the World Cup.
But it was a surprise to see him leave out Takashi Inui, who has been outstanding, with three goals in his past four appearances for Japan, and midfield partner Shinji Kagawa for Hotaru Yamaguchi and Takashi Usami.
He said his decision to make six changes to his side was down to fatigue rather than any attempt to play for a draw.
Japan, who had only needed to draw against Poland to guarantee qualification, will next face a daunting task against the winners of Thursday's Group G decider between England and Belgium.
Senegal's six yellow cards to Japan's four ultimately cost the African side, which exits Russian Federation in disappointing circumstances. He beat his marker at the far post and volleyed in a swerving free kick from Rafal Kurzawa.
Gary Lineker, analysing the highlights of the match following Colombia's win over Senegal, echoed the sentiments of most football fans by saying: "This surely goes against what the game stands for".
Poland had to wait until the 32nd minute for a chance as Bartosz Bereszynski picked out Kamil Grosicki, who met the cross with a header that was palmed away by goalkeeper Eiji Kawashima.
His cleverly directed header looked destined for the bottom corner until Kawashima made up huge amounts of ground to claw it to safety with a right hand at full stretch.
Robert Lewandowski then had a chance to put Poland ahead 2-0 _ a result that would have allowed Senegal to advance _ in the 74th minute after a swift counterattack but his effort flew over the bar.
So Japan goes through and next plays the victor of Group G on Monday, while Colombia will face the Group G runner-up Tuesday.
Poland, for the third straight World Cup that it has competed in, lost its first two group matches and then won its third.
England's impressive start in Russian Federation means they are already within sight of their record for goals at a World Cup . Senegal and Japan are now best placed to escape the group after Poland and Colombia suffered defeats in their opening games.
This match could well be a dud. "That would mean we top the group and we would go into whatever game we go into moving forward". If you do not play to win, you are cheating your opponents, deceiving those who are watching, and also fooling yourself.
Because Russia had the advantage in goal differential from its first two group matches, it would have won the group with a draw. Russian Federation exceeded those rock-bottom expectations by beating Saudi Arabia and Egypt .
Prince William has made a deeply moving visit to Jerusalem's holocaust museum on his first full day of engagements in Israel. Mary Magdalene in the Garden of Gethsemane. "We know some of the politics are hard , but this is not a political visit ".
The duo will be looking to impress and convince Deschamps for a start in the round of sixteen contest against a side from Group D. The second half was a slight improvement on the opening 45 minutes, with substitute Nabil Fekir finally showing some positivity.
He first flopped to the ground in front of goal , hoping to draw a penalty. " Brazil sank Costa Rica when it hurt the most". But back home, there was a special pair of Brazil fans who celebrated Coutinho's opener like no other.
But had Simona Halep not played with the level of mental strength as she did, Stephens would have probably won her second Major. The Wimbledon Championships start July 2nd, and one of the most interesting stories is Serena Williams' return from pregnancy.
Some analysts expect to see more instances of company shifts when the second-quarter earnings season kicks off next month. The company says it's doing so because of tariffs it's facing in a trade dispute between the US and the European Union.
But on Wednesday, the president accused Heitkamp of voting lockstep with Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer. But, barring some announcement for a North Dakota visit shortly, this sure looks like a snub.
That means that we can finally turn all of our attention to free agency, which is slated to begin July 1. Looking ahead at free agency, there are quite a few reports that have connected James and George.
Lionel Messi ($12,000) - There's still time for Messi to right Argentina's ship just before it crashes into the rocks. And he will hope his showing against the Vikings help him tie down a starting spot on Tuesday.
Mexico smashed but benefit from Germany collapse
In case of a draw or a loss, their chances will depend on whether South Korea manage to beat Germany in the other Group F match. The team won both its first matches in the tournament but has never achieved three consecutive victories in a World Cup .
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If they can come through Saturday's tie, they may even start to believe that they can go all the way and win a third World Cup, a first since 1950. "Nine of the players on the pitch for Portugal are European champions, so that speaks of the quality, and we have been preparing for quite a while".
How do Colombia qualify for last 16? Japan, Senegal
Senegal finished level with Japan on points in their group, missing out on the knockout stages due to having more bookings. His exit did little, however, to revive the sluggish South Americans, who had been second best in nearly every department.
Holders Germany knocked out of World Cup 2018
It is the fourth time in the last five World Cups that the defending champions have been eliminated in the group stage. They have far more quality than South Korea in their squad and should secure a comfortable victory in this one.
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Argentina has only one point from two matches after drawing 1-1 with Iceland and recording an embarrassing 0-3 loss to Croatia. Argentina . "There is nothing I can pay them for the past seasons I've been with them other than to say "thank you very much".
English bulldog Zsa Zsa wins ugliest dog contest
A 9-year-old English bulldog was named the victor of the 2018 World's Ugliest Dog contest in the San Francisco Bay Area. Crowds cheered when Zsa Zsa was pronounced this year's ugliest. (AAP) Last year's victor , Martha.