Belgium and Brazil into World Cup quarter-final

Belgium and Brazil into World Cup quarter-final

"[They] even left note with "thank you" in Russian", Janssens added, referring to a small piece of paper expressing gratitude to the host nation.

"Anyway, I'll do my best".

Martinez's men set up the mouthwatering clash after narrowly avoiding a disaster against Japan, with Nacer Chadli coming off the bench to secure a 3-2 victory.

Need further proof the Japanese players have the kind of manners that would make your parents want to invite them around for a holiday meal?

Despite the heartache, the Japanese footballers rose to the occasion and respectfully bowed to the fans, who fiercely supported them during the match.

"Ronaldo and Messi are not in the World Cup anymore so now it's time to shine", Hazard told a news conference on Sunday ahead of their last 16 tie against Japan at the Rostov Arena on Monday.

Japan's soccer team and its fans maintained their admired reputation at the World Cup up until the bittersweet end.

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If there's one lesson to be gleaned from Japan's last-gasp defeat at the hands of a Belgian side that they'd matched for long spells is that an expanded World Cup is absolutely, fundamentally, a positive thing for the long-term growth of the game.

Iran also opened with a smash-and-grab raid of a win over Morocco but they were always up against it in a group that also featured Spain and Portugal, while Saudi Arabia beat Egypt in a final fixture that was the deadest of dead rubbers.

"I think we played quite well but unfortunately - and it's a shame for football - that we wasted a lot of time because of one single player", Osorio said.

The Asian supporters were also pictured collecting rubbish from the stands moments after watching their side crash out in the most dramatic of circumstances.

Just a short while earlier, whoops of joy had filled the pub in Tokyo's Shinagawa district as the Blue Samurai scored a second goal, defying expectations to go 2-0 up over star-studded Belgium.

This is perhaps Belgium's best chance of going deep into a World Cup, with numerous pre-tournament favourites either out or playing in unconvincing fashion in their games so far.

This afternoon, fierce rivals Brazil and Mexico meet for the second consecutive World Cup with a place in the quarter-finals at stake.

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