Should Southampton target Nacer Chadli after World Cup heroics?

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An injury-time Belgium goal sealed a dramatic 3-2 win over Japan in their round of 16 match at Rostov Arena.

A Japan fan tidies up the stadium after the loss to Belgium.

Brazil and Belgium both progressed to the quarter-final of the World Cup after yet another dramatic day of last-16 action in Russian Federation.

South Korea hammered the Germans, and Japan very almost did the same to Belgium, but Asia's representatives are once again heading home before the business end of the World Cup gets going.


"I am not the only one, of course".

"I knew that I was going to need some time to get back to my normal pace, but today I feel much better", Neymar said after scoring his second goal of the 2018 World Cup.

Brazil's 2-0 victory over Mexico was the Neymar show as the 26-year-old scored the first - his 57th worldwide goal in 89 appearances - before setting up the second for substitute Roberto Firmino late in the match. The 2018 FIFA World Cup has seen some great moments and unpredictable upsets but this Japanese act will certainly be remembered as one of the golden moments of the tournament.

"We are talking every day on WhatsApp, we go everywhere together [in England], we talk about what the team lacks".


"Anyway, I'll do my best".

Even after they were booted from the World Cup, the Japanese national football team gave everyone a lesson in grace.

Many fans also consoled themselves with the fact that the team made it so far, and got so close to an unprecedented quarter-final spot. "We have top players, and we play as a group". With the clock ticking toward extra time, Japan looked to score from a corner, but Belgium had other ideas, catching Japan off guard with a 10-second counterattack that culminated with Nacer Chadli's victor.

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Romelu Lukaku saw the fizzing cross from the right-back was a little behind him so he let it run and substitute Chadli arrived to break Japanese hearts. They are also known to do the same in other competitions as well.

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