Finn Russell Japan 28-21 Scotland: Host nation seal quarter final spot with victory to send Scotland home

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What an extraordinary evening for Japan. What an embarrassing one for Scotland.

An inspired host nation turned in one of the greatest performances at this or any other World Cup to dump Gregor Townsend’s team out of the World Cup.

The question now is whether Townsend will resign after failing to take his team into the knock-out stages? It is only the second time Scotland have failed to make the last eight. The only other time it happened was when Andy Robinson was in charge in New Zealand in 2011.

Yu Tamura (top) congratulates Keita Inagaki after he scored Japan’s second try of the game 

Time could also be up for experienced players such as Scotland captain Greig Laidlaw who could retire from international rugby.

Although Scotland did stage a second half rally this momentous occasion was all about Japan. 

They wanted it more than Townsend’s team and kept going when it looked like they were going to run out of gas. 

In 2015 Japan beat South Africa and although they didn’t qualify out of their group made a film about it. Heaven knows what they will do to commemorate this very special moment.

Finn Russell had initially put Scotland in front after his seventh minute try

Kotaro Matsushima got Japan back into the game with his fifth try of the tournament

You could sense something special was going to happen as you walked up to the International Stadium in Yokohama. 

The night before a typhoon had killed 26 people and there are still 21 missing.

That tragedy seemed to heighten the emotions of the fans and the players from the start. 

There was a spine-tingling moment before kick-off when the Japan players walked slowly off the pitch after the warm up. 

Rather than head off one by one they locked arms and walked off shoulder to shoulder.

That got the home crowd going and from that moment the noise from their fans was relentless. 

There were a bit of noise from the Scotland fans

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