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Japanese players, fans clean up after themselves following crushing World Cup loss

04 July, 2018, 01:01 | Author: Delia Walker
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Belgium came back from 2-0 down to beat Japan with a 94th-minute victor.

"We are going to rest really well and going to really try to win that match".

These teams drew 0-0 in the group stage of the last World Cup, and Mexico qualified for the last 16 here at the expense of Germany, beating the holders 1-0 in Moscow in their opening game. "I want it to be Brazil's", he said.

"I think that it's a display of endurance and willpower, of wanting to represent my country".

Japan came so close to reaching the World Cup quarterfinals for the first time but it was not to be; and coach Akira Nishino did not mince his words talking about how it feels to fail yet again.

Belgium face Brazil in the World Cup quarter-finals on Friday night in Kazan after the former secured a dramatic 3-2 victory over Japan on Monday.




Eden Hazard says Belgium have a new level of maturity as they prepare to take on Japan, eyeing a World Cup quarter-final spot against Brazil or Mexico.

"It's time to shine, definitely", Hazard said. The disappointment was obvious, with some of the players falling on their knees in despair after the final whistle, while others just cried.

The World Cup continues without Japan on Wednesday, as Sweden knocked out Switzerland and England and Colombia prepared to play.

With so many presumptive title contenders now eliminated from the tournament, and other leading candidates not looking near as impressive as most expected them to, this could be flawless chance for Belgium to make a very deep run. "Messi and Ronaldo are out, but there are still a lot of players like me who also want to go to the final too, so let's see", said Hazard.

After a poor run-up to the tournament, few people expected Japan to get very far, with most predicting they would not make it out of their group.

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