World Cup 2018: ‘Japan played like warriors’- Blue Samurais win hearts

first_imgJapan suffered a heartbreak as a stoppage time goal from Nacer Chadli helped Belgium win 3-2 on Monday. The victory means Belgium will now face Brazil in the quarter-finals.Chadli capped a comeback from a two-goal deficit when he scored in the fourth minute of injury time to give Belgium the victory.Japan led 2-0 on early second-half goals by Genki Haraguchi and Takashi Inui.World Cup 2018: Belgium overcome brave Japan to reach quarter-finalsJan Vertonghen then scored with a looping header that appeared to be a cross but dropped in under the crossbar in the 69th minute. Substitute Marouane Fellaini headed in another from Eden Hazard’s cross in the 74th.Chaldi, who came on as a substitute in the 65th, decided it in injury time.World Cup 2018: Brazil, Belgium in quarter-finals, Japan go down fightingBelgium goalkeeper Thibault Courtois grabbed a corner kick and rolled the ball to Kevin De Bruyne, who dribbled to the top of the center circle and passed to Thomas Meunier on the right. Meunier one-timed the ball across the area and Romelu Lukaku let it roll by for Chaldi to tap in with his left foot from 7 yards.The end-to-end attack took only 10 seconds.Belgium is the first team to overturn a two-goal deficit in a World Cup knockout match since West Germany beat England in extra time at the 1970 tournament.2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: FULL COVERAGEThe Asian side crashed out of World Cup 2018 but it was not before they gave Belgium a scare. Their performance earned them widespread praise on social media as they were hailed as “warriors.”advertisement#Japan played like warriors. Beautiful game! Hard luck! #BELJAP #fifaworldcup2018Siddharth (@Actor_Siddharth) July 2, 2018Japan, you were brilliant tonight. You filled every Asian with hope and left us with something to be proud about.Sunil Chhetri (@chetrisunil11) July 2, 2018https://t.co/Ex3oqkXeaVTIM CAHILL (@Tim_Cahill) July 2, 2018So heart broken for Japan .. they almost made the fairy tale come true .. total respect A fluke, height difference and then ambition did the underdogs spirited fight in.. hold your heads high #BELJPN pic.twitter.com/9qZ32kZWoeRandeep Hooda (@RandeepHooda) July 2, 2018Belgium won the game but japan won our hearts #BELJPN pic.twitter.com/UBGLolBDveAbhishek Daga (@abhidaga09) July 2, 2018Today is a day when Japan made Asian football proud.Some times results don’t depict right picture !!#BELJPN pic.twitter.com/3E6QLpgcBoBoring… (@graphicalcomic) July 2, 2018Well fought Japan! You guys went further than anybody expected you to. That match was one hell of a battle. You may have lost but you sure as hell gained everyones respect! #BELJPN #FIFAWorldCup pic.twitter.com/c2vEledTchSonny Trajano (@sonnay_) July 2, 2018I would say the best match of the 2018 FIFA WORLD CUP. so much twist&turns, ups &downs then victory. Im in love with football again,,! #ssfootball #2018FIFAWORLDCUP #BELJPNsiboniso mzileni (@sbomzileni) July 2, 2018Let’s take a moment and salute JAPANFor the effort they put at the World Cup 2018 #JPN #BEL #BELJPN#WorldCup #WorldCup2018 pic.twitter.com/10bkatoGxFFIFA World Cup (@TheSporTalk) July 2, 2018This is one of the most cleanest games I have seen so far this worldcup, no fouls, no cards, no divings, no VAR drama, just plain, clean, interesting football. Thank you Japan & Belgium#BELJPN pic.twitter.com/AVEJGVKbCzDAUDI (@ItsDaudi) July 2, 2018After being 0-2 down,incredible comeback from Belgium to win 3-2. But these visuals after the match of Japan fans staying behind to clean the stadium up inspite of the defeat is so wonderful. A wonderful culture and truly class. Hope few of our fans can learn and emulate#BELJPN pic.twitter.com/W7NM6vrhWIMohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) July 2, 2018#Japan Fans Cleaning The Stadium. They Might Have Lost The Match But The Team And Its Fans Won Our Hearts. #BELJPN #JPNBEL #WorldCup2018 #WorldCup pic.twitter.com/WCFXyccgOjSir Ravindra Jadeja (@SirJadejaaaa) July 2, 2018last_img read more