Brazil, Belgium Target World Cup Quarters After Spain Bow Out

Brazil, Belgium Target World Cup Quarters After Spain Bow Out

Belgium scored three goals in the final 25 minutes to earn the 3-2 victory.

After missing the 1-0 win over England due to injury, it is expected Lukaku will return to the starting XI for the match against Japan in the round-of-16.

That's just so pathetic, and given that the World Cup is an advert of sorts for the handsome game, it should be called out. "We spoke about the possibility of coming up against Brazil a few months ago, and here we are", he said.

"I don't think it is really useful to practise for a penalty shootout", he added, saying it was impossible to recreate the pressure players would feel in a real penalty situation.

Understandably, the Japanese were shattered by the end to their dream of reaching the last eight for the first time and becoming Asia's first World Cup quarter-finalists since the continent hosted the tournament in 2002.

Eden Hazard has hailed the way Marouane Fellaini came on and changed Belgium's fate against Japan on Monday night.

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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 ideal chance for Belgium to make a very deep run.

Belgium became the first side to win a World Cup knockout game from two goals down since 1970, making the loss all the more gut-wrenching for Japan and their supporters.

"It's time to shine, definitely", Hazard said.

"Yeah, I just want to go through the quarter-final, semi-final and maybe the final".

Even after they were booted out of the World Cup, the Japanese national football team gave us a lesson in grace.

"We have been here twice in the past in round of 16 but this is different, we haven't exhausted ourselves yet so we can create a new opportunity", Nishino told a news conference on Sunday.

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