Japan's World Cup star Keisuke Honda and other footballers as cars

Japan's World Cup star Keisuke Honda and other footballers as cars

Their mens team lost Monday's knock-out round contest to Belgium at nearly the last possible moment, after holding a two-goal lead.

However, Japanese ace Takashi Inui has now made it among the 24 players with two or more goals in Russian Federation.

Honda, playing in his third World Cup, was unable to help the Samurai Blue reach the quarterfinals for the first time in their history, and is stepping down just two games short of a century of worldwide appearances.

They've done all that, or at least much of it, but, by Nishino's own admission, it did not match what Belgium had in their repertoire. We are not favourites to the World Cup.

After Japan's agonizing round of 16 loss to Belgium, their squad and their thousands of fans would have been forgiven for leaving the Rostov Arena as quickly as possible.

Still, it was a triumph of sorts for a team that had been fairly uninspiring during Asian qualifying.

Asia will host the World Cup for the second time in Qatar in 2022, when automatic qualification for the hosts means the continent could be represented by six teams.

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

"That was a test for the team and its character".

Honda, 32, retires with 37 goals in 98 games for Japan, while Hasebe, 34, played 114 times.

By having both Casemiro and Paulinho in the midfield, it provides a platform for the gifted attacking players that Brazil possess - such as Neymar, Philippe Coutinho, Willian and Gabriel Jesus - to express themselves. He's played a lot.

"All three of us have reached their best level since we started playing football", said Hazard, who only has one concern.

He kept his word against Belgium.

When are FIFA World Cup 2018 Brazil vs Mexico, Belgium vs Japan football matches? This year was only the second time in history that the team made it through the group stages to the final sixteen. And on top of that at the end Romelu was unselfish, he was aware and allows Nacer to score an open goal'.

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