Belgium became the first team to come back from 2-0 down to win in a knockout match since West Germany in 1970, Nacer Chadli scoring with the last kick of the match to break Japanese hearts.
At the very least, though, the performances of Japan and South Korea might stop Asia being the first point of call for those who want to argue that the World Cup is already too big. Belgium stunned the Japanese side, however, with a flurry of late goals to take the win 3-2.
Japan midfielder Keisuke Honda has hinted that he will end his global career, saying on Monday that the World Cup in Russian Federation will be his last.
While Inter manager Luciano Spalletti no longer saw a place for the 31-year-old at the club, Turkish giants Galatasaray will be delighted with the move following a World Cup in which Nagatomo was again one of Japan's standouts.
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"Neymar is probably the best player I've ever played with or against".
"At 2-2 I thought we were heading for a penalty shootout.it's crushing", he said.
"When you are in the World Cup it's about achieving your aim so it's not something to criticise; the opposite".
Many fans also consoled themselves with the fact that the team made it so far, and got so close to an unprecedented quarter-final spot.
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He will nearly certainly be replaced by Manchester City's Fernandinho, another favorite of Brazil manager Tite, who has played some part in every Brazil game at this year's World Cup. "We have top players, and we play as a group. When the (Belgium's third) goal was conceded, I blamed myself, and I questioned my tactics". "They really had good momentum", said Yuki Kakishita, an employee at a real estate agency.
The players had also saluted their supporters after the crushing loss.
Sharing a picture of their spotless post-match dressing room, Janssens wrote: "This is the Japanese dressingroom (sic) after losing to Belgium in the 94' minute".
"Japan showed people that they are competitive on the world stage", added Iwakiri.
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