In that case it was Lionel Messi's Argentina knocked them out, and there was no shame in losing to eventual finalists and a side that almost became champions.
The Belgians are wary of over-confidence against Japan, two years after they lost to Wales in the quarter-finals of Euro 2016.
Hazard will be instrumental to Belgium's hopes of progressing, and he knows it is a case of seizing the moment.
Despite the odds heavily favouring them, Martinez is not willing to take the Asian side lightly. Remember that's to win the match outright, without extra time or penalty kicks.
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GK Eiji Kawashima, 6 - The French-based No. 1's erratic display mirrored his up-and-down group-stage performances.
They have endured stinging criticism since they ran the clock down in a 1-0 loss to Poland to advance at Senegal's expense by virtue of having collected fewer yellow cards. With nearly 33 minutes remaining in the match, Junichi Inamoto ran through the Belgian defence to score the second goal of the match to send the crowd into raptures.
At the end of the day, however, this is a results business. Despite that, Japan were far from thrilling, but still managed to grind out a 2-1 win after their opponents got exhausted.
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After scoring 27 times in his first season at Old Trafford, he has now reached 40 goals for Belgium . "They're a very risky side". Both sides have six points from two wins, and both sides have scored eight goals and conceded two.
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The mere mention of it invokes a shudder in England and in Portugal, where the loaded term came to prominence in describing the teams that won the FIFA Youth Championships in 1989 and 1991.
So Sunday's game against Belgium is a chance for them to restore some credit.
Their fortunes changed after that as Vertonghen scored a looping header to get them back into the game.
Belgium v/s Japan football match will be in English on Sony Ten 2, Sony Ten 2 HD.
Japan advanced to the round of 16 at the 2002 and 2010 World Cups, but has never reached the quarterfinals. This is looking like another year where the tally might go up, with Harry Kane the leader on five goals already. Japan is a +866 underdog, while a bet on a draw is set at +367.
Courtois made an unbelievable save from a long-distance Keisuke Honda free kick and then gobbled up another attempt and fed Kevin De Bruyne who led the counter-attack that teed up Chadli's victor.
"That's what happens in the World Cup".