Belgium 3 - 2 Japan | 02 Jul 2018

Belgium 3 - 2 Japan | 02 Jul 2018

"In those games our players were exhausted, they had nothing left, they had left everything in the group stage. If they have got this far, it means they're a good side".

"I thought this is a World Cup, and we were faced with the strength in depth of Belgium, that's how I felt at the end of game". Just ask holders Germany. "What is important is to progress and to reach the quarter-finals".

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"It will definitely be a hard match". Japan have already done better than most in the country expected so will not feel shame if they are eliminated by Belgium.

The Belgium squad consisted of ageing superstar and future Belgium manager Marc Wilmots, and future Bayern Munich star Daniel Van Buyten, while the Japanese squad consisted of Feyenoord star Shinji Ono, and legendary Asian player and the only player in Japan to be named in the Federation Internationale de Football Association 100 list, Hidetoshi Nakata. "We have nothing to lose". However, Eden Hazard could only grimace as he saw his thunderous effort ricochet back off the Japanese upright.

That said, Monday's clash will likely be Belgium's toughest test of the tournament so far.

Belgium had 52 percent of the possession, recording 15 shots including four on goal.

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The Belgians are wary of over-confidence against Japan, two years after they lost to Wales in the quarter-finals of Euro 2016. That team, featuring Enzo Scifo and Jan Ceulemans, would finish fourth at Mexico '86. Honda, who has netted 37 times for Japan, is no longer a regular, but the 32-year-old former AC Milan player remains risky on free kicks.

"We have a lot of respect for this team, and we don't think we are going to win this one easily".

Akira Nishino's side could have settled for taking the tie into extra time but instead they were punished for taking a chance on a last corner kick, and Chadli, another substitute, finished off the move.

GK Eiji Kawashima, 6 - The French-based No. 1's erratic display mirrored his up-and-down group-stage performances. Belgium haven't showed any fear at this tournament. They are playing in big teams. They may very well get that chance here in Russian Federation.

"So, I don't forget it", the 31-year-old said.

However they could revert back to type with Japan coaches coming out and saying that the decision to run the clock down despite losing to Poland was not up to them and the manager but instead the players took it into their own hands against the managers will.

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