After crushing loss, Japan’s team leaves spotless locker room, ‘thank you’ note

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A second from a corner and then a stoppage-time victor from a fast counter handed Belgium a scarcely deserved 3-2 victory in what - despite the loss - was easily the best performance that any of Asia's quintet of nations turned in at Russian Federation.

Brazil star Neymar put another feather in his cap during his country's World Cup last-16 encounter against Mexico.

Brazil and Mexico are the only two teams to advance past the group stage in seven consecutive World Cups.

"I do not know how to stop him".

Sharing a picture of their spotless post-match dressing room, Janssens wrote: "This is the Japanese dressingroom (sic) after losing to Belgium in the 94' minute".

I already ran through his unbelievable global goalscoring record the last time we took the piss out of him, and he added another last night as Brazil overcame Mexico 2-0 on their way to the quarters.

Japan entered Monday's last-16 World Cup match against Belgium in Rostov-on-Don as the clear underdogs, but it surprisingly took the lead early in the second half with a pair of superbly taken goals.

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But favourites Belgium were able to catch up with a remarkable counterattack that ended the game at 3-2 and broke Japan's dream of advancing to the quarter-finals.

'In less than six seconds we covered the whole pitch.

"We need to go through to the next round constantly with more teams".

"We'll see tomorrow", Hazard said on Sunday, when asked if the long break would disrupt the players.

"It hurts, but it was a really good game and I feel moved". They have never won a knockout-round game at the competition.

Despite failing to get on the scoresheet, the 25-year-old helped to commit Japan defenders in the build-up to Belgium's stoppage-time victor, as well as producing a perfectly-timed feint before Chadli slotted home.

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