On a heartbreaking evening, Genki Haraguchi put Japan ahead early in the second half and then Takashi Inui added a second shortly after. And how many strikers can say they scored as many goals as Ronaldo at a single World Cup? Japan had 54 percent of the possession against Poland and fired 10 shots with three being on goal.
Their path to a matchup to Belgium was lucky and they look like a side that will need the luck if they want to reach quarterfinals. That was the first major tournament for many of us, knockout matches have a lot to do with experience and can be complicated.
Japan have impressed so far in Russian Federation with a 2-1 win over Colombia and a 2-2 draw in an entertaining match against Senegal before a 0-1 defeat to Poland.
Nishino will have to decide whether to bring the creative trio of Kagawa, Honda and Inui, all of whom were rested against Poland in their last match, back into the side as goal-scoring chances are expected to be at a premium in the face of a mean Belgian backline.
Head coachAkira Nishino, meanwhile, revealed he has held lengthy conversations with goalkeeper Eiji Kawashima after some uncharacteristic mistakes in Japan's first two matches of the group stage.
"We will have to pay attention because they are used to causing teams problems in both boxes".
Five minutes later Hazard crossed from the left and substitute Fellaini, sent on in the 65th minute for Dries Mertens, rose to head in from close range.
Roberto Martinez has several players on yellow cards - most notably centre back Jan Vertonghen, right back Thomas Meunier and creative midfielder Kevin de Bruyne.
The Japanese only just squeezed through, taking a route no team has ever taken out of a World Cup group.
Japan, on the other hand, have seen their national team play consistently at World Cup level for some two decades, but have never been able to go on a deep run at a major tournament like the World Cup.
ESPN reported earlier this month that the team had interest in keeping Love, regardless of what happens with James. The 5-foot-9 former Kentucky player averaged 7.8 points, 4.4 assists and 23.4 minutes in 71 games last season.
The 3031-metre high volcano's last deadly eruptions occurred in 1963 and 1964, during which about 1200 people were killed. Indonesia sits on the so-called Pacific Ring of Fire, an area known for seismic upheavals and volcanic eruptions.
We don't trust Argentina to shut out France , nor do we expect Les Bleus to deny the South Americans the goals they covet dearly. The former Benfica and Valencia midfielder is dealing with physical problems, and will be a game-time decision.
Samsung, predictably, didn't want to pay that much and now it appears the two companies have been able to come to an accord. Apple had alleged that Samsung violated its patents by copying the design of the iPhone .
The Clippers also will soon meet with guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, who played for the Lakers last season, an executive said. Maxing out George will push the Thunder far over the luxury-tax line if they re-sign key reserve Jerami Grant .
Brazil are into the last 16 as group winners, where they will meet Mexico, after beating Serbia 2-0 on Wednesday. Silva popped up just at the right time for Brazil , and not only in defense.
Brilliant Cavani brace fires Uruguay into last eight
Ronaldo when Uruguay and Portugal meet in the World Cup round of 16 on Saturday night, it'll be team against team. Another alternative to watch Uruguay vs Portugal online free is to try out the FuboTV 7-day free trial .
Priyanka, Nick make couple entry at Ambani's party
But the one that has got everyone hooked to their mobile phones is Nita Ambani's elegant classical style dance performance. Now we just have to wait and watch if all those engagement rumours (for both of the couples, duh) are actually true.
England's World Cup odds improve despite Belgium defeat
In worldwide football, that's just nearly a desperate call to see a loose team with no understanding of what we're trying to do. Topping Group "G" means playing whoever will have finished second in Group H earlier on Thursday - Colombia , Senegal or Japan.
How Uruguay can get the best of Portugal
Tabarez, who has coached Uruguay since 2006, has never hidden his admiration for his captain. "They're a strong team but we also have our qualities and we will try to win the game".
Eight-year-old water hawker gets free ticket to Disney
She said that she didn't close the windows of her office because it was too hot and that it wouldn't have stopped the noise. However, Ettel denied there was a "racial component" to her reaction. "She never asked us to be quiet".
Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy to retire
He proved instrumental in advancing gay rights , buttressing abortion rights and erasing political spending limits. Kennedy was nominated to the court by President Ronald Reagan in 1987 and sworn in the following year.