The World Cup descended into chaos and confusion on Wednesday as attempts were abandoned to relocate pool-defining matches involving England and Scotland because of Typhoon Hagibis.
This meant that for what would be the first time in the 32-year history of the World Cup, organisers were contemplating cancelling key pool matches this weekend, including Scotland’s winner-takes-all match against Japan, and England’s confrontation with France which would decide who topped Pool C.
There was a real prospect of Scotland going home without completing their matches, despite there being a week between the pool matches and the quarter-finals, given that only by beating Japan can they progress.
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