Japan, seeking to progress, make six changes against Poland

28 Jun, 2018 10:35 am

VOLGOGRAD, Russia (Reuters) – Japan made six changes for Thursday’s World Cup game, including leaving midfielder Takashi Inui on the bench, while already-eliminated Poland made five changes.

Inui picked up a yellow card in Japan’s last match against Senegal. Midfielder Keisuke Honda remained on the bench, just as he did at the start of their previous two games.

The Asians need a draw to advance to the knockout rounds after they beat Colombia and drew with Senegal in their opening Group H games, defying low expectations at the start of the tournament.

Poland are seeking to restore some pride by eking out a win against Japan and have fielded striker Robert Lewandowski in the hope he can break his Russia goal drought.

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