Changing coach breathed life into Japan's World Cup campaign

Sports       by Muhammad Irfan | Published

Sports by Muhammad Irfan | Published

I am still challenging him, for example to get more goals for United next season than the 27 he got last season, and to get the Golden Boot at this World Cup too.

Belgium star Eden Hazard has described the prospect of facing Brazil in the quarter-finals of the World Cup as "magnificent".

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.

It was the third time Japan has failed to make the last eight in the World Cup and maybe the closest it came to succeeding. Messi and Ronaldo, they are out now, but there are still a lot of good players at the World Cup.

If players are tied for goals in the rankings, they are separated first by assists, then by fewest minutes played.

Group G toppers Belgium will be heavily favored against Group H runner-up Japan in their Round of 16 match in Rostov-on-Don.

Luis Rubiales stands by decision to relieve Julen Lopetegui of Spain duties
The penalty shootout was one more example. "It doesn't bother me and it isn't too important just now", he said. Rubiales is now looking for a man who can recover the morale of the team.

"It's in our hands, we need to give everything and see what happens".

"That's how I felt at the end of the game".

The World Cup is now in the "final sixteen" stage, which will then see the eight winning teams go through to the quarter finals.

"I am concluding my career in the national team", the former AC Milan man said.

Belgium's Jan Vertonghen has scored an "impossible" goal that has divided the opinion of the footballing world. Coach Tite insists his talisman is now approaching his best form again, four months after undergoing surgery on a fractured foot.

With so many presumptive title contenders now eliminated from the tournament, and other leading candidates not looking near as impressive as most expected them to, this could be flawless chance for Belgium to make a very deep run.

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