Japan manager Akira Nishino admits his own negative tactics left him unhappy

• Coach told his team to shut up shop
• Tactics led to Senegal’s early exit

Akira Nishino, the Japan coach, admitted his tactics in the final 10 minutes of their game against Poland were “very regrettable” and left him feeling unhappy, after he told his players to “stay put” and keep the ball without trying to attack, despite the fact that they were losing. Nishino decided to “rely on the other match” in Samara, where Colombia were leading 1-0 against Senegal – a scoreline that would put Japan through via the fair-play rule provided they did not concede again or pick up any further yellow cards.

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