Alexis Sanchez hopes Manchester United team-mate Romelu Lukaku finishes top


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

But Japan can take enormous pride from its performance both in the Belgium match and in the tournament as a whole.

"That's like how it will be against Brazil, except we can feel like that from the first second".

Belgium and Japan have met once before at the World Cup finals when Japan were hosts in 2002.

Nishino's desire to win may have cost his team a chance at reaching their first World Cup quarter-final but his attacking brand of football is sure to have been appreciated back home.

That's just so pathetic, and given that the World Cup is an advert of sorts for the attractive game, it should be called out.

"We started off very well, but at the end, right at the end, to have conceded a goal like that, it was not expected", a grim but collected Nishino told reporters.

We were just having fun and it was clear that Romelu and the Belgium squad are in a good place, not just playing well and winning games.

And Hazard says as captain he had to rap Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku at halftime of their opening win against Panama.

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

"Messi and Ronaldo are out now but a lot of good players are still in the World Cup". On paper, this could be their moment, but Hazard knows they can't take anything or anybody for granted.

"We were thinking it was going to be like two years ago against Wales [at UEFA EURO 2016], but we were also thinking if we can score goals the game is on". Coach Tite insists his talisman is now approaching his best form again, four months after undergoing surgery on a fractured foot.

A few years later, the boy was with us, sitting next to me in the Chelsea dressing room. "I have more experience, definitely", the victor of the 2015 PFA Player of the Year Award said.