Argentina book Wales quarter-final by beating Japan

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Argentina fansArgentina fans were in good voice in the final match of Pool D in Nantes
Japan: (14) 27
Tries: Fakatava, Saito, Naikabula Cons: Matsuda 3 Pen: Matsuda Drop-goal: Lemeki
Argentina: (15) 39
Tries: Chocobares, Carreras 3, Boffelli Cons: Boffelli 3, Sanchez Pens: Boffelli, Sanchez

A hat-trick from Mateo Carreras carried Argentina into a World Cup quarter-final with Wales as they beat Japan in their winner-takes-all Pool D match.

Whichever side won in Nantes would take second in the group behind England.

And it is Argentina who have booked a date with the Welsh in Marseille on 14 October after a pulsating encounter in which the momentum swung throughout.

Newcastle Falcons wing Carreras was key for the Pumas, with a trio of brilliantly taken tries.

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Japan: Lemeki; Matsushima, Riley, Nakamura, Fifita; Matsuda, Saito; Inagaki, Horie, Koo, Cornelsen, Fakatava, Leitch, Labuschagne, Himeno.

Replacements: Valu for Koo (43 mins), Millar for Inagaki (48 mins), Sakate for Horie (48 mins), Dearns for Fakatava (51 mins), Naikabula for Matsushima (60 mins)

Argentina: Cruz Mallia; Boffelli, Cinti, Chocobares, Mateo Carreras; Santiago Carreras, Bertranou; Gallo, Montoya (capt), Gomez Kodela, Petti, Lavanini, Matera, Kremer, Martin Gonzalez.

Replacements: Alemanno for Matera (24 mins), Bello for Gomez (43 mins), Rubiolo for Lavanini (48 mins), Sanchez for Santiago Carreras (59 mins), Bazan Velez for Bertranou (59 mins), Sclavi for Gallo (67 mins)

Match officials

Referee: Ben O'Keeffe (NZ)

Touch judges: Paul Williams (NZ), James Doleman (NZ)

TMO: Brendon Pickerill (NZ)

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