Japan Leaves Clean Locker Room & 'Thank You' Note After World Cup Loss

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A Nacer Chadli strike with 20 seconds left in stoppage time set up a quarter-final date for Belgium with Brazil, after the Red Devils overcome a two-goal deficit against a Japanese side who fought tooth and nail in Rostov.

Lukaku didn't score in Belgium's 3-2 comeback win against Japan but he was instrumental and no one knows his qualities better than Drogba.

Japan might have exited the World Cup but they have definitely left a lasting impression at the tournament.

But he was back to his best despite 35 degrees Celsius temperatures at the Samara Arena, as Brazil overtook Germany as the World Cup's highest scorers.

"I think we played quite well but unfortunately - and it's a shame for football - that we wasted a lot of time because of one single player", Osorio said.

"That's like how it will be against Brazil, except we can feel like that from the first second".

Even after Belgium equalized, Japan kept trying to win instead of playing for extra time or a penalty shootout - the fallback tactic for World Cup underdogs that Russian Federation executed successfully against Spain.

"We are talking every day on WhatsApp, we go everywhere together [in England], we talk about what the team lacks".

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

"Anyway, I'll do my best".

"When you are in the World Cup it's about achieving your aim so it's not something to criticise; the opposite".

However, Japan has exceeded expectations in group play and could be a tough out in the knockout stage. "The players deserve to come home with their heads held high".

Former Japan global Daisuke Ichikawa believed Belgium enjoyed a big slice of luck with their first goal, Jan Vertonghen's looping header from 20 yards, while ex-captain Ryuzo Morioka said: "They (Japan) shocked the world".

Although the two countries' fans appear to share mores on cleanliness, Senegal has officially filed a complaint about Japan's progress in the competition.

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