Published: Wed, July 04, 2018
Sports | By Angie Alvarado

How Japan cleaned up at the World Cup

How Japan cleaned up at the World Cup

The goal was exactly what Belgium needed to revive their hopes of progressing, and kicked off what was to be one of the great matches.

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.

Only Australia, part of the Asian confederation since 2006, were unable to register a victory, once again illustrating that organisation and fighting spirit will not get you far at the World Cup if you can not find the net. "I want it to be Brazil's", he said. "I am happy, because we have a lot of good young players, and now it is their turn to write the history of Japanese football".

Alexis Sanchez has revealed he wants Belgium to win the World Cup this summer because of his close friendship with one of the key players in the Red Devils camp.

The victor of that tie will go on to face the victor of Monday's other game, which sees Belgium meet Japan in Rostov-on-Don (1800 GMT).

A Japan supporters cries after losing the round of 16 match between Belgium and Japan at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Rostov Arena, in Rostov-on-Don, Russia, Monday, July 2, 2018.

This afternoon, fierce rivals Brazil and Mexico meet for the second consecutive World Cup with a place in the quarter-finals at stake. "For us, who play in the Premier League, we're happy to have a few more days off. We have played to our best, but the players have something more to offer", said coach Akira Nishino.

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

Belgium and Japan have met once before at the World Cup finals when Japan were hosts in 2002. "I think the group is more important than individuals".

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