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But the crushing defeat by Belgium didn't stop the Japanese national team from cleaning their locker room until it was spotless, and leaving behind a note thanking Russian Federation for hosting them.

One of the main factors behind the rise of the so-called European "minnows" is that they're handed chances to compete at major tournaments due to an unequal allocation of spots.

"Personally, I like to play, and sometimes when I stop I'm not as good in the following match".

Belgium face Japan in the last-16 with a potential tie against Brazil in the quarter-finals.

Need further proof the Japanese players have the kind of manners that would make your parents want to invite them around for a holiday meal?

But when the final whistle went with Belgium winning 3-2 to end Japan's latest shot at World Cup history, fans sat in virtual silence, staring in disbelief at the screen.

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The national teams of Belgium and Japan played last time in 2002, the game ended in a draw 2-2. "We have top players and we play as a group, especially after the win over England", said the Chelsea star.

After being released by Milan in the summer of 2017, he joined Mexican giants Pachuca, and according to reports in Japan prior to the World Cup, he will not extend his one year contract that expires later this month.

Right from their first match against Columbia in the World Cup, they have ensured the tradition is followed. He has scored at consecutive World Cups. "The players deserve to come home with their heads held high".

"We were thinking it was going to be like two years ago against Wales [when Belgium lost 3-1 in their Euro 2016 quarter-final], but we were also thinking if we can score goals the game is on", he said.

The Asian supporters were also pictured collecting rubbish from the stands moments after watching their side crash out in the most dramatic of circumstances. They have never won a knockout-round game at the competition.

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