The World Cup final will take place on Sunday 15th July at 4pm. Japan led 2-0, before Belgium fought back and won the game in the last minute through Nacer Chadli. In the second match of the day, Belgium beat Japan 3-2.
A Japan fan tidies up the stadium after the loss to Belgium. This World Cup keeps on giving and we expect that to continue as we race towards finalizing the cast for the quarter-finals of this tournament.
But it's what they did next that really impressed many people across the globe: they left their locker room in utterly impeccable condition despite their heart-wrenching FIFA World Cup elimination, which was held in Russian Federation on Monday.
"I am also a lot stronger than four years ago in Brazil".
"Neymar is probably the best player I've ever played with or against".
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Spain dominated possession but were unable to make it count and were punished when Russian Federation were awarded a penalty. But Schmeichel made a smart save to keep the 1-1 stalemate intact through two hours of at times pedestrian football.
The former FC Tokyo player, who also had a stint with Italian side Cesena, took to social media to herald the permanent move to Galatasaray, where he raised the Turkish first-division trophy last season after arriving on loan. In celebration of our City Centurions' remarkable, record-smashing season, we are running a 100-themed summer feature.
Japan came so close to reaching the World Cup quarterfinals for the first time but it was not to be; and coach Akira Nishino did not mince his words talking about how it feels to fail yet again. 'It's complicated. We're facing the best team in the world.
"Look, I think it's more an attempt to undermine me than anything else".
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.
"This was a really good team, their passing and scoring and teamwork", said 39-year-old hairdresser Kenichi Okegami.