Published: Tue, July 03, 2018
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Playing against Brazil will be magnificent -Eden Hazard

Playing against Brazil will be magnificent -Eden Hazard

Belgium booked a last eight berth to face the Selecao with a last-gasp 3-2 win over Japan in Rostov-on-Don on Monday when Nacer Chadli scored the 94th-minute victor as the Red Devils came from 2-0 down.

With a hat-trick of wins in the group stage, the Belgian Red Devils pipped England to top spot in Group G.

"We don't talk about that to our players".

Once the dust had settled on that encounter, Belgium and Japan went toe to toe in what has certainly been the pick of this year's knockout matches.

Brazil play their first Round of 16 match as one the favorites to hoist the trophy in Russian Federation.

This is perhaps Belgium's best chance of going deep into a World Cup, with numerous pre-tournament favourites either out or playing in unconvincing fashion in their games so far.

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

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"We'll see tomorrow", Hazard said on Sunday, when asked if the long break would disrupt the players.

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.

And Hazard says as captain he had to rap Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku at halftime of their opening win against Panama. "I want Japan to keep playing hard next time".

However, Martinez warned that Japan, who scraped into the last 16 because they had a better disciplinary record than Senegal, could hurt his team.

Tweets left, right and center including Liverpool posting about Simon Mignolet, who's back-up to Thibaut Courtois and hasn't played a single minute of the World Cup.

"Maybe Belgium feel the tournament is starting after their three wins, but I'd like to feel we are on a par with them". Japan is totally different to Wales [who knocked Belgium out of Euro 2016], and we'll take this as seriously as possible.

"We have to learn to suffer", said Neymar. "Two years ago we had a few injuries".

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