Belgium's time to shine at World Cup, says Hazard

Nacer Chadli sweeps home Belgium’s stoppage-time winner against Japan last night   Chadli celebrates his winner

Nacer Chadli sweeps home Belgium’s stoppage-time winner against Japan last night Chadli celebrates his winner

When the set-piece came to nothing, Belgium broke forward on the counter, exposing Japan's threadbare defence, and scored the victor with the last kick of the game.

Hazard was joined on the field by his younger brother Thorgan for the final seven minutes of Belgium's third Group G game against England, helping to see out a 1-0 victory that secured a tie with Japan in the last 16.

Paraguay then converted its final two kicks to move on to the quarterfinals, denying Japan a best-ever World Cup finish.

"We started off very well, but at the end, right at the end, to have conceded a goal like that, it was not expected", a grim but collected Nishino told reporters.

However, he refused to look past Japan towards a potential quarter-final against Mexico or Brazil.

It's been quite weird having a World Cup without Chile, Netherlands, Italy or United States of America but we've managed to get over it considering how entertaining it's been without them all. Henry scored three times two years later as France added the European Championship to its trophy cabinet.

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Unfortunately, they were then dumped out by Croatia in the second round while commentators and fans alike found it nearly impossible to tell each player apart. "We need to play together, give everything and see what happens".

"A few years later, the boy was with us, sitting next to me in the Chelsea dressing room".

Roberto Martinez's unsafe side have lived up to their billing so far, winning all three group games.

Japan's Samurai Blue have defied expectations at this year's World Cup, but coach Akira Nishino admits there's one thing the team hasn't practised: penalties.

"It's time to shine, definitely", Hazard said. "We are going to rest really well and going to really try to win that match". I remember when he first came to the club he was not doing the full training sessions sometimes - they would take him to one side and make him work on his first touch, his passing - everything. They have never won a knockout-round game at the competition. We don't have many resting days over the season.

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