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Group D: Japan go through in style

Vitoria: Jun Nishikawa struck in the 83rd minute as Japan defeated Senegal 1-0 at the Estádio Kléber Andrade on Saturday to book their FIFA Under-17 World Cup Brazil 2019 knockout stage spot.

The result meant Japan finished as Group D winners ahead of previously undefeated Senegal, with the Asian champions having defeated Netherlands 3-0 and drawn 0-0 with USA.

Japan will play the runners-up from either Group B, E or F in the last 16 on Wednesday.

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The young Samurai Blue were dominant for nearly all of the first period, running the Senegal defence all over the pitch and connecting bunches of short passes in their attacking buildup.

Shinya Nakano pinged the crossbar a minute into first-half stoppage time, the closest the Japanese would come until Nishikawa's winner in the 83rd minute.

Sources:, FIFA via Getty Images

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