Belgium boss eager to face Brazil as underdogs at World Cup

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Belgium's Nacer Chadli scores their third goal.

Japanese soccer can be joyous and free-flowing, but the team's performances in the run-up to the World Cup were stilted and cause for concern.

According to the Sport Review, Didier said to BBC Sport: "For me there was always a difference between being in the dressing room and being around the lads - joking and having fun - and the moment I stepped out on the field".

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Following their World Cup exit, Honda said: "Today we showed how we can proceed as Japanese football".

'But it's a game that when you are a little boy you dream of - playing against Brazil in a World Cup quarter-final.

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"We were so excited when Japan took the lead".

After several poor showings leading up to the World Cup, and an 11th hour decision by bosses to sack coach Vahid Halilhodzic, many feared Japan would not even make it out of its group. They became the first team to qualify for Round of 16 based on Fair Play.

"To be fair we were thinking two years ago against Wales", Hazard told a news conference.

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.

"Japan almost slayed the giant".

If there's one lesson to be gleaned from Japan's last-gasp defeat at the hands of a Belgian side that they'd matched for long spells is that an expanded World Cup is absolutely, fundamentally, a positive thing for the long-term growth of the game.

"It was worth staying up late to watch it", said Otomo, polishing off a cocktail and straightening out his suit.