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FIFA give World Cup 2018 final tickets to young viral video star

A young Poland fan has landed tickets to the World Cup final after FIFA were moved by a video of him crying in the aftermath of his team's group-stage elimination.

Six-year-old Aleks Meiklejohn was filmed in floods of tears while being consoled by his dad, Iain, after a devastating 3-0 defeat against Colombia in Kazan.

While Iain is from Edinburgh, Scotland, he took Aleks out to Russia to support his mum's native Poland.

Alas, the loss was all too much for the little guy -- though the Colombia fans...

Poland coach Adam Nawalka: We had to offer a little bit of joy to the fans

After Japan squeaked through to the knockout stages, Kasey Keller and Ross Dyer reflect on their overall group stage performance.

Poland coach Adam Nawalka said his team had needed to beat Japan in their final World Cup match on Thursday to prove they were not quitters and bring some joy to their country's football fans after a miserable campaign in Russia.

A goal from central defender Jan Bednarek on the hour mark delivered Poland their first win at the World Cup finals since they beat Costa Rica in Hanover in 2006 -- another meaningless group match for the Poles.

While Japan sneaked through to the knockout stages despite...

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Japan lose to Poland but qualify for World Cup round of 16 via fair play from Senegal

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Jan Bednarek ensured Poland bowed out of the World Cup on a winning note, while Japan sneak through to the round of 16 as Group H runners-up.
After Japan squeaked through to the knockout stages, Kasey Keller and Ross Dyer reflect on their overall group stage performance.
Kasey Keller and Ross Dyer share their thoughts on Colombia's 1-0 win which saw Senegal leave the World Cup on Fair Play points.

Japan lost to Poland but qualified for the World Cup round of 16 by virtue of a better disciplinary record than Group F rivals Senegal.

On an incredible final day in the group stage, Japan looked to be heading home after Jan Bednarek's 60th-minute opener for Poland in Volgograd. That would have put them out, but Japan coach Akira Nishino -- who made six changes to his lineup -- was indebted to Yerry Mina's goal in Colombia's win over Senegal.

Mina's strike meant Japan and Senegal's Group F records...