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The World Cup will be remembered for many things, and the antics of Brazilian superstar Neymar will be right up there.

In a display of character and true sportsmanship, Japanese fans won hearts all over the world for staying back after games to help stadium workers clear trash from the stands all through FIFA World Cup 2018.

"Maybe we gave the European crowds a message that they should bring more Japanese players, not even national players".

In Belgium vs Japan match, the former appears to be the clear favourite.

Brazil's 2-0 victory over Mexico was the Neymar show as the 26-year-old scored the first - his 57th global goal in 89 appearances - before setting up the second for substitute Roberto Firmino late in the match.

Belgium, 58 places above Japan in Federation Internationale de Football Association rankings, scored a 94th-minute victor resulting in elation or the European side and left the sole Asian surviving side in the World Cup thus far devastated.

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A team that was given little chance of advancing in the tournament reached the round of 16 and took a two-goal lead over powerful Belgium, and so the team's sudden last-second loss left players stunned, fans speechless, and some spectators sobbing.

Japan's defender Gen Shoji (L) and Japan's forward Takashi Usami (2ndL) look dejected at the end of the Russian Federation 2018 World Cup round of 16 football match between Belgium and Japan at the Rostov Arena in Rostov-On-Don on July 2, 2018.

Meanwhile, Spanish club Real Betis will feel vindicated for their signing of Japan's breakout star Takashi Inui.

"But I think we saw a different Romelu in the second half with his two goals [against Panama]".

"Japan is totally different to Wales (the side that eliminated Belgium from the 2016 Euros), and we'll take this as seriously as possible". It was the World Cup, and we were faced with the depth and the strength of Belgium.

Sadly, though, that's not how it goes - as Japan knows all too well.

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