Published: Wed, July 04, 2018
Sport | By Tony Jimenez

Japan leaves 'thank you' note and clean lockers after World Cup loss

Japan leaves 'thank you' note and clean lockers after World Cup loss

And that note, left by the team, reads "Thank you" in Russian. I'm not just appreciating the fact that they cleaned, but the fact that they stayed true to their values despite the disappointing situation they had just faced.

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

Belgium are into the quarterfinals after victory over Japan on Monday.

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?

Japan gave the Belgian Red Devils an almighty scare on Monday night in their 2018 FIFA World Cup clash, taking a 2-0 lead in the second-half to leave the fancied European side on the brink of an embarrassing exit.

Belgium became the first side to win a World Cup knockout game from two goals down since 1970, making the loss all the more gut-wrenching for Japan and their supporters.

"Neymar is probably the best player I've ever played with or against".

As per a report by Business Standard, the match between Japan and Belgium was a roller coaster ride.

Tuesday sees England continue their World Cup campaign with a last-16 tie against Colombia in Moscow.

While Inter manager Luciano Spalletti no longer saw a place for the 31-year-old at the club, Turkish giants Galatasaray will be delighted with the move following a World Cup in which Nagatomo was again one of Japan's standouts.

The 61st-ranked Japanese were given little chance of making an impact at the tournament, but their gritty group stage display and last-16 match versus Belgium won over the fans.

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

After their stunning comeback against Japan, Belgium will now face Brazil in the World Cup quarterfinals on June 6 in Kazan.

New coach Akira Nishino was also bitterly criticised for ordering the team to run down the clock in their final group stage match, knowing a 1-0 loss to Poland was enough to advance.

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