After its loss to Belgium

After its loss to Belgium

After its loss to Belgium

A photo that has gone viral shows that Japan's program left behind a fastidious locker room, along with a note that said "thank you" in Russian and was signed "Japan".

The yellow cards that players receive get wiped clean at the start of the quarterfinals, so no players are in danger of suspension unless they receive a red card throughout the rest of the tournament.

However, Martinez warned that Japan, who scraped into the last 16 because they had a better disciplinary record than Senegal, could hurt his team.

Belgium are into the quarterfinals after victory over Japan on Monday.

After two days of brilliant football and surprises, FIFA World Cup 2018 Round of 16 is ready for the third day of knockout action.

As dawn broke in Tokyo, Japan fans had dared to believe their team was about to make World Cup history.

"There aren't many World Cup games where you come from 2-0 down to win".


Just a short while earlier, whoops of joy had filled the pub in Tokyo's Shinagawa district as the Blue Samurai scored a second goal, defying expectations to go 2-0 up over star-studded Belgium.

"Belgium deserved the win, but we also played as well as we possibly could".

'So we have to have a real understanding of how to play against a team like that - a team with players like Neymar and Coutinho who can decide a game in one second.

Belgium have won all four of their World Cup games so far, scoring 12 goals in the process, but Meunier warned that beating Belgium would require a higher level of performance.

Ahead of the tie, manager Gareth Southgate says he feels a new connection between the England team and its supporters.

Despite the heartbreaking elimination from the competition as a result of the loss, Japan were good enough sports to leave their locker rooms utterly spotless.

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