Unfortunately, that proved to be the final effort at goal from both sides in the half as Japan were happy to sit back, knowing a point will see them progress.
Japan then focused on playing for possession while Poland, who were already eliminated, appeared unconcerned about snatching back the ball and trying to extend their lead, both teams drawing flak from some sections of the crowd.
Fans pay big money to attend World Cup matches for the experience and to be entertained but neither Japan and Poland cared about that on this occasion.
"My players were very loyal in listening to me and following my decision".
They were outclassed by Colombia in their last game, though Japan perhaps only secured three points against Los Cafeteros because they had a one-man advantage for virtually the entire match following Carlos Sanchez's red card in the third minute.
"It was a day when Japan became pragmatic at the World Cup", Yamamoto said, adding, "I want the players to switch their mindset for the next round and put in a performance that they can proudly show to children aspiring to be professional footballers".
Belgium's Michy Batshuayi left to rue painful goal celebration
Naturally with football in the modern day, fans, ex-professionals and journalists watching on screen were quick to mock Batshuayi. The 24-year-old picked the ball up after it came out of the net and attempted to hoof it back into the net to show his joy.
Japan has failed to score in 4 of the 5 previous World Cup matches against European teams with their last goal coming in a 3-1 victory over Denmark.
When it came down to the fair play tiebreaker, Senegal had accrued two more yellow cards in the group stage than its Asian counterpart. He beat his marker at the far post and volleyed in a swerving free kick from Rafal Kurzawa.
Japan lacked their usual fluency and Eiji Kawashami's superb sprawling save from Kamil Grosicki was the highlight of a dour first half, with goalline technology confirming the header did not cross the line.
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".
News of Colombia's goal saw Japan coach Akira Nishino make an odd tactical call as his side sat on their one-goal deficit, despite the risk of Senegal scoring decisively in Samara.
"After the first two games against Senegal and Colombia, our team had to deal with a lot of justified criticism so it was clear the emotional level of this game would be extremely high for the Polish team", he said.