Jan Bednarek scored the only goal of the game for the already-eliminated Poles a minute before the hour mark to condemn Japan to their first defeat of the campaign, in what proved to be a woeful display from the Asian side.
Poland have been one of the most disappointing teams at the World Cup in Russian Federation and became the first European team to be eliminated from the competition following their 3-0 defeat to Colombia in their second match.
All the pre-tournament talk ended with the first match as young and vibrant Senegal side defeated Poland 2-1 after 2 horrendous mistake's leading to a goal made by the Polish players. We did not go through with victory, but we just relied on the other match and I feel that it was slightly regrettable but I suppose at that point I didn't have any other plans. "It's the World Cup, and sometimes these things can't be avoided".
The Blue Samurai were enjoying the most of the possession in the early stages, while Shinji Okazaki threatened the Poland goal in the opening 10 minutes. I forced my players to do what I said.
Japan have progressed through to the last 16 of the World Cup, despite losing to Poland in Thursday's World Cup clash in Volgograd.
The Japanese played out goalless draw at halftime and were looking like they were heading for the exit doors.
From a deep position, Rafal Kurzawa curled a free kick towards the back post and Bednarek was waiting to volley the ball inside the near post from six yards out for his first global goal.
Gary Lineker, analysing the highlights of the match following Colombia's win over Senegal, echoed the sentiments of most football fans by saying: "This surely goes against what the game stands for".
With 20 minutes to play, Poland launched a quick counter attack and Robert Lewandowski was handed a chance to kill the game off, but blasted his shot over the bar.
Japan excluded some of its most creative players, including midfielder Takashi Inui and Makoto Hasebe, from the starting line-up but coach Akira Nishino put that down to fatigue rather than any attempt to play for a draw.