Published: Wed, July 04, 2018
Sport | By Patty Hardy

Japan's Keisuke Honda retires from global football

Japan's Keisuke Honda retires from global football

He has scored at consecutive World Cups.

Monday's other last-16 game sees a much-fancied Belgium take on a Japan side who are dreaming of reaching the quarters for the first time after scraping through their group thanks to their fair-play record.

As per a report by Business Standard, the match between Japan and Belgium was a roller coaster ride.

Belgium face Japan in the last-16 with a potential tie against Brazil in the quarter-finals.

Belgium and Japan have met once before at the World Cup finals when Japan were hosts in 2002.

But it's what they did next that really impressed many people across the globe: they left their locker room in utterly impeccable condition despite their heart-wrenching FIFA World Cup elimination, which was held in Russian Federation on Monday.

"I'm a lot stronger than two, four years ago. We survived it, we have gone through and that is the most important thing".

"Today's was a good game so it made up for all that passing last time", said Okada, the university student.

Following a man-of-the-match performance in Japan's opening 2-1 win over Colombia, Yuya Osako's offseason move from Cologne to Werder Bremen looks like a coup for his new club.

This is perhaps Belgium's best chance of going deep into a World Cup, with numerous pre-tournament favourites either out or playing in unconvincing fashion in their games so far. "I think the group is more important than individuals".

"Just a little bit was a harsh result", said Kenta Saito, 61, a former school football coach and a qualified referee. "It would've been great to win but the players showed us a great game of football", Shunji Saga, a fan who stayed up all night for the game, told Al Jazeera.

"We know what to do and not what to do", Hazard continued.

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