Published: Wed, July 04, 2018
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Belgium defeats Japan to reach 2018 FIFA World Cup quarterfinals

Belgium defeats Japan to reach 2018 FIFA World Cup quarterfinals

Brazil with Belgium will go head to head in the quarter finals.

"Neymar exaggerates when he is fouled", Guga Chacra, a well-known Brazilian columnist and worldwide affairs analyst wrote on twitter. "How we use him is very important in a tournament like this, when we have very little time to recover between games".

Miguel Layun appeared to push his toe down onto Neymar's ankle, and while it was difficult to determine how hard the pressure was, Neymar writhed around for several minutes.

Mexico's Javier Hernandez (14) embraces Brazil's Neymar after their round of 16 match at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Samara Arena, in Samara, Russia, Monday, July 2, 2018.

Martinez now faces a tricky decision concerning his line-up with Nacer Chadli and Marouane Fellaini pressing for starts after coming off the bench against Japan to turn the game around in the last half an hour. "At the top level, this is a lot", said Brazil coach Tite.

Spain join 2014 winners Germany, Argentina and European champions Portugal in exiting the competition, leaving just four former World Cup winners in the tournament. But even in the first half, the whole team didn't seem to be working as a unit. "Is it wrong to feign, to provoke the players in the last third?"

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That's why we love the World Cup right there. "I think this is a real shame for football, especially for kids who are watching because this has to be a sport of virility, of determination, a man's sport, like other games, and not a charade".

VAR decided against any punishment for Layun, but Neymar also escaped without seeing a yellow card for simulation that would have seen him banned for the quarter-finals. He already had one taken away against Costa Rica.

"The game against Japan gave us a big boost", he said.

Japan as the last remaining Asian team in the tournament opened the score sheets early in the forty eighth minute through Genki Haraguchi, and scored again the fifty second minute through Takashi Inui.

Neymar, though, still led the celebrations, charging toward the corner flag.

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