How Japan cleaned up at the World Cup

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"They then left a note in Russian saying 'Thank you.' Pure class". After a school day, they clean their classrooms. "They really had good momentum", said Yuki Kakishita, an employee at a real estate agency.

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

Sharing a picture of their spotless post-match dressing room, Janssens wrote: "This is the Japanese dressingroom (sic) after losing to Belgium in the 94' minute".

Japan's football team proved to be one of the classiest at the World Cup after the players bowed to the fans and meticulously cleaned out the locker room following their heartbreaking defeat to Belgium.

If the World Cup was determined strictly on the basis of sportsmanship, Japan's team would win this thing no question.

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

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Wherever " Rabio " (or Rabiot , as some outlets have it) swam first was considered the creature's prediction. While Japan's footballers were left to dwell on what might have been, at least they still have their health.

In fact, El Tri has won only one knockout game ever at the World Cup.

Others called it the "best game of the World Cup so far".

"I might have finished my career for the national team, but I'm happy because we have many young players following us, and I think that they will make new history for Japanese football".

It's also little surprise that the rise in Asian nations being competitive at the World Cup coincided with an increase in spots that began with the four nations that gathered in Korea and Japan in 2002. I know we have a chance, but I also know that it is very complicated to stop them, not just Neymar.

Japan came so close to reaching the World Cup quarterfinals for the first time but it was not to be; and coach Akira Nishino did not mince his words talking about how it feels to fail yet again.

Japan likewise might have felt unlucky on Tuesday morning, but they only made it to the second round because they had fewer yellow cards in the group stage than Senegal.