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Japan's victory over 10-man Colombia in their opening fixture was the first competitive win for the continent over a South American side, while South Korea's defeat of the defending champions in their final group match was simply extraordinary. "This is how they left the changing room after losing v Belgium: cleaned it all".

Japan's defender Gen Shoji (L) and Japan's forward Takashi Usami (2ndL) look dejected at the end of the Russian Federation 2018 World Cup round of 16 football match between Belgium and Japan at the Rostov Arena in Rostov-On-Don on July 2, 2018.

If the World Cup was determined strictly on the basis of sportsmanship, Japan's team would win this thing no question.

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.

Neymar sprained his ankle and fractured his fifth metatarsal playing for Paris Saint-Germain in February and only returned to action just ahead of the World Cup.

FIFA World Cup 2018 Brazil vs Mexico, Belgium vs Japan football matches will take place in Samara Arena, Rostov Arena, respectively.

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This was the third consecutive World Cup in which the defending champion didn't win its opening match. Both sides managed to progress from their groups, but without particularly impressing.

After being released by Milan in the summer of 2017, he joined Mexican giants Pachuca, and according to reports in Japan prior to the World Cup, he will not extend his one year contract that expires later this month.

"I feel like we've created excitement, like we've played in a style that has really shown an expression of what young English players are capable of, and I want us to continue doing that".

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Following the loss, some supporters also tweeted "Sorry Coach Nishino", apologising to the national team coach as there were doubts surrounding his ability to lead the team far in the tournament.

Sadly, though, that's not how it goes - as Japan knows all too well.

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