Belgium boss eager to face Brazil as underdogs at World Cup

Belgium boss eager to face Brazil as underdogs at World Cup

After the soul-crushing manner of Japan's 3-2 last-16 World Cup loss to Belgium on Monday (July 2), when the Red Devils netted their victor deep into added time with practically the final kick of the game, one would think civic-mindedness would be the last thing on the Samurai Blue's minds.

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).

Japan took a surprising 2-0 lead in the 51st minute before the Belgians stormed back with two goals in a five-minute span in the 69th and 73rd minutes.

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It's also little surprise that the rise in Asian nations being competitive at the World Cup coincided with an increase in spots that began with the four nations that gathered in Korea and Japan in 2002.

"I also know United manager Jose Mourinho well, of course, from our time at Chelsea and I can see why he got the best out of Romelu at Old Trafford".

The World Cup will be remembered for many things, and the antics of Brazilian superstar Neymar will be right up there.

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

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

"I feel like we've started to connect the team with the public again", he said.

Hazard was among the nine changes made by Roberto Martinez for their last match, while Gareth Southgate similarly rested eight players, with both teams having already qualified for the knockout stages.

"I don't like to have too many days off between games", he said.

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

Belgium's Nacer Chadli scores their third goal. "We have top players and we play as a group, especially after the win over England", said Chelsea star Hazard.

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

This rare move of graceful sportsmanship tugged on the heartstrings of football fans across the world, and many took to Twitter to applaud the Japanese fans for their dignity and grace.

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