Scotland have been knocked out of the Rugby World Cup at the pool stage for only the second time after being beaten by an irrepressible Japanese side in Yokohama.
Japan are just the fourth non tier-one side to reach the quarter-finals, and the first since Fiji in 2007.
Scotland have failed to make it out of the pool stages for just the second time (also in 2011).
Japan have won six consecutive World Cup matches – only Australia, England, New Zealand and South Africa have enjoyed longer winning runs.
Samoa (1991 and 1995) are the only other non tier-one side to beat two tier-one teams in the same World Cup, as Japan have in 2019 with victories over Ireland and Scotland.
Kotaro Matsushima has scored five tries at this year’s tournament.
Luke Thompson, 38, made a record 13th World Cup appearance for Japan and became the third-oldest player from any nation to feature.
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Japan: Tupou; Matsushima; Lafaele, Nakamura; Fukuoka; Tamura; Nagare; Inagaki, Horie, Koo; Thompson, Moore; Leitch, Labuschagne, Himeno.
Replacements: Sakate, Nakajima, Ai Valu, Helu, Tui, Tanaka, Matsuda, Yamanaka.
Scotland: Hogg; Seymour, Harris, Johnson, Graham, Russell, Laidlaw; Dell, Brown, Nel, Gilchrist, Gray, Bradbury, Ritchie, Thomson.
Replacements: McInally, Reid, Fagerson, Cummings, Wilson, G Horne, P Horne, Kinghorn.
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