Tunisia got the job done at the Mordovia Arena in Saransk, meanwhile, and clinched the second World Cup win in their history after Wahbi Khazri scored the winner in their 2-1 triumph over Panama.
Croatia vs. Denmark, 9 p.m. local time/7 p.m.BST/2 p.m. ET
Colombias return to form continued with a 1-0 win over Senegal, a result that not only confirmed them as Group H winners but saw Senegal depart the competition as the last remaining African representative.
Japan advance out of Group H, Senegal do not. Group H came down to the fair play table. WorldCup
France vs. Argentina, 5 p.m. local time/3p.m.BST/10 a.m. ET
PAN 1-2 TUN FT: Shots: 9-14 Possession: 31%-69% Chances created: 5-10 Passing accuracy: 74%-86% Tunisia secure their first World Cup win in 40 years.
DW Sports showed just how fine the margins were as Group H came to a close, with Japan the beneficiaries of the fair-play rule despite ending their pool campaign with defeat to Poland:
Colombiavs. England, 9 p.m. local time/7 p.m.BST/2 p.m. ET
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ESPN presenter Taylor Twellman showed how lacklustre defensive instincts from Senegal were partly to blame for conceding a headed winner to Yerry Mina on 74 minutes, while broadcaster Juan Arango praised the better team:
England arent great. Neither are Colombia though – particularly if James isnt fit. Losing wouldnt be a disgrace but winning is well within their capabilities. Lets just see what happens, eh?
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Belgium beat England 1-0 to advance to the knockout staged of the 2018FIFA World Cupas Group G winners on Thursday, while Tunisia ended their tournament in Russia with a 2-1 comeback win over Panama.
Colombia and Japan advanced from Group H in first and second, respectively. Los Cafeteros triumphed 1-0 over Senegal to top the pool, while Japan took second in front of the African representatives based on fair-play record.
Adnan Januzajscored the only goal at the Kaliningrad Stadium to set Belgium up with a clash against Group G runners-up Japan in the next phase of the competition, while the Three Lions will meet Colombia.
Senegal started their tournament so brightly after beating supposed Group H favourites Poland, but their performances appeared to decline after that shock result, with Thursday being the only game they failed to score in.
Colombia have bounced back well after losing 2-1 to Japan in their World Cup curtain-raiser, and their next outing is a knockout duel against England, with an easier-looking route to the final in Russia.
Uruguay vs. Portugal, 9 p.m. local time/7 p.m.BST/2 p.m. ET
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Poland finally got points on the board in Russia as Jan Bednarek headed in the only goal at the Volgograd Arena, but the Blue Samurai progressed ahead of Senegal, who had two more yellow cards than the Asian nation.
Adnan Januzaj scored the only goal of the game after sending Danny Rose with a dip of the shoulder before unleashing a mighty, curled effort past Jordan Pickford, via Fox Soccer (U.S. only):
Sweden vs. Switzerland, 5 p.m. local time/3p.m.BST/10 a.m. ET
Hernan Dario Gomezs Panama side went ahead after Jose Luis Rodriguezs shot deflected in off Yassine Meriah, but goals from Fakhreddine Ben Youssef and Khazri meant Tunisia broke a duck dating back to 1978, per Squawka:
The likes of Colombia, Sweden, Croatia and Spain look like more appealing knockout-stage opponents than Brazil, Portugal, Uruguay, France and Argentina, but England have now lost momentum after successive wins.
Much talk centred around Japan coach Akira Nishinos decision to change six of his starting XI for the meeting with Poland, where Bednareks goal led to their only loss of the first round and almost.
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England didnt exactly have the glamorous end to the group stage that some might have hoped for following wins over Tunisia and Panama, but their place in the last 16 opposite Colombia is cemented all the same.
Belgium vs. Japan, 9 p.m. local time/7 p.m. BST/2 p.m. ET
With murmurs suggesting their tournament hopes may be better-served finishing second rather than firstsimilar to England in Group Gwriter Tim Vickery used a previous example to limit the outcry:
Januzaj creates some separation and curls it beautifully to put Belgium up 1-0 on England and give them the lead in the Group G standings!
Japans reward for finishing second is a round-of-16 clash with Group G winners Belgium, after which they would take on the winner of Brazils duel against Group F runners-up Mexico.
Despite their first defeat in Russia, England have cause to be hopeful against Colombia, said ESPN FCs Liam Twomey:
Before we go getting all high and mighty about Japan v Poland…. England did it in 62 v Bulgaria