Gracious in defeat, Japan leave Russia World Cup with pride

Romelu Lukaku

GETTY Romelu Lukaku scored his four goals in Belgium's first two games before being rested vs England

Neymar scored the first goal in Brazil's 2-0 win over Mexico to double his World Cup tally, and Meunier admitted that keeping the 26-year-old at bay in Friday's clash would be hard. The disappointment was obvious, with some of the players falling on their knees in despair after the final whistle, while others just cried.

"Thank you all Galatasaray family for the great support since the day I come to this club".

Sanchez, whose Chile failed to qualify for the tournament, has backed his club teammate Lukaku to go on win the award. "It's in our hands, we need to give everything and see what happens. I have more experience, definitely", the victor of the 2015 PFA Player of the Year Award said.

"When we took the lead I thought we were going to win", said 21-year-old university student Nao Okada, who burst into tears at a Tokyo sports bar as the final whistle sounded.

"I don't think it is really useful to practise for a penalty shootout", he added, saying it was impossible to recreate the pressure players would feel in a real penalty situation. Although he instructed his team to "stay put" and play passively in the closing minutes against Poland because a 1-0 loss would be good enough to advance, he said the strategy was "regrettable" and pledged to return to an aggressive style.

So, about Belgium vs. Japan.

That's why we love the World Cup right there.

"We get along very well". The players throughout this tournament were very positive, better than in the past.

"(At the end) I was questioning myself, whether I had control of the game.

Neymar after being widely criticised for writhing in agony on the turf, then getting on his feet and sprinting off soon afterwards, during Brazil's 2-0 win against Mexico. Maybe it was me who lost control of the game.

Belgium are now more experienced and his partnership with Romelu Lukaku and Dries Mertens has proved efficient, with the Red Devils scoring nine goals in their first three matches.

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