Japan's Keisuke Honda retires from worldwide football

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"When we took the lead I thought we were going to win", said 21-year-old university student Nao Okada, who burst into tears at a Tokyo sports bar as the final whistle sounded.

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.

Belgium attacker Eden Hazard says that it is his "time to shine" at the 2018 World Cup.

"I do not know how to stop him".

Brazil will be without left-back Marcelo due to a back problem, so Filipe Luis will take his place against a Mexico side not to be taken lightly.

Mexico coach Juan Carlos Osorio on a certain Brazilian player - whom he did not name - wasting time.

Abhijit: It's hard to not feel for Japan after yesterday's match, but the win for Belgium is an absolute bonkers news for any football fan.

'In less than six seconds we covered the whole pitch.

However, Adnan Januzaj, who scored the victor in that match, has suffered a knee knock in training.

Keisuke Honda announced his retirement from worldwide football following Japan's elimination from the World Cup at the hands of Belgium on Monday night.

"Today we showed how we can proceed as Japanese football", the former AC Milan midfielder told reporters after the match.

The race for the Golden Boot continues to heat up after the group stage phase was completed on Thursday.

"Neymar is probably the best player I've ever played with or against". They are also known to do the same in other competitions as well.

The best he could hope for, he said Sunday, was for his players to play "Japan-like" - contest every ball, control the ball, play dogged defense and stage lightening counterattacks.



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