Belgium hit 95th minute victor to break Japanese hearts

Belgium hit 95th minute victor to break Japanese hearts

With 21 minutes left in regulation at Rostov Arena, underdogs Japan improbably held a 2-0 lead over Belgium thanks to second-half goals from Genki Haraguchi and Takashi Inui.

But Japan can take huge pride from its performance both in the Belgium match and in the tournament as a whole.

The country were 2-0 up for over seventy minutes, but conceded three late goals which saw their hopes of World Cup victory fade.

Belgium face Japan in the last-16 with a potential tie against Brazil in the quarter-finals.

While the loss ended Japan's otherwise memorable run in the tournament, the team and its supporters continued to display tremendous sportsmanship that amazed sports fans around the world.

"Personally, I like to play, and sometimes when I stop I'm not as good in the following match".

Interestingly, the Samba Boys have not been prolific in attack yet boast one of the stingiest defences at this year's World Cup.

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"They are not in the World Cup, so now it is time to shine".

"This is football. It is a bitter pill to swallow, but a result that we have to accept", Shinji Kagawa said.

"We are talking every day on WhatsApp, we go everywhere together [in England], we talk about what the team lacks".

The Japanese squad were eliminated from the World Cup tournament in a disappointing 3-2 defeat to Belgium on Monday.

The World Cup is now in the "final sixteen" stage, which will then see the eight winning teams go through to the quarter finals.

However, Japan has exceeded expectations in group play and could be a tough out in the knockout stage. Then, seconds before full time his compatriot Nacer Chadli completed a Belgian comeback with a winning goal that dumped the Samurai Blue out of the competition. "We have top players and we play as a group, especially after the win over England", said Chelsea star Hazard. "We need to play together, give everything and see what happens".

"Japan showed people that they are competitive on the world stage", added Iwakiri.

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