June 28, 2018 / 1:25 PM / 10 months ago

Japan, seeking to progress, make six changes against Poland

Soccer Football - World Cup - Group H - Japan vs Senegal - Ekaterinburg Arena, Yekaterinburg, Russia - June 24, 2018 Senegal's M'Baye Niang in action with Japan's Takashi Inui REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins

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.

Reporting by Alexandra Ulmer and William Schomberg, editing by Pritha Sarkar

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