Japan leaves 'thank you' note and clean lockers after World Cup loss

04 July, 2018, 08:48 | Author: Anita Tucker
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Japan's Takashi Inui, left, is pumped up after netting the equaliser against Senegal.

Belgium came back from 2-0 down to beat Japan with a 94th-minute victor. In Belgium vs Japan match, the former appears to be the clear favourite.

"We don't talk about that to our players".

The former AC Milan player also scored one goal at the 2014 finals in Brazil and was on target in Russian Federation, coming off the bench to salvage a 2-2 draw against Senegal in Japan's second Group H match.

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What it also showed is that Asian nations can compete, challenge and contend, even against the global footballing elite. In fact, El Tri has won only one knockout game ever at the World Cup.

The Japanese team stunned viewers so much with their outstanding performance that Twitter users made sure to congratulate the team despite their inconsolable loss.

Eden Hazard feared Belgium could suffer a repeat of their shock loss to Wales at Euro 2016 when they trailed 2-0 to Japan at the World Cup. Halilhodzic had tried to turn a Japanese team with a fluid passing tradition into a counterattacking unit.

Many fans watching the game at a public screening could be seen with their head in their hands as Japan's campaign ended.

"They had chances at the end but they couldn't grab them", he said.

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He kept his word against Belgium.

Brazil, meanwhile, advanced past the group stage of the World Cup for the 13th consecutive time.

The risky approach may have ultimately cost Nishino's team in the final seconds. 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.

"I don't like to have too many days off between games", he said. "When the goal was conceded, I blamed myself, and I question my tactics".

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

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