2018 FIFA World Cup - Last 16 : Japan vs Belgium

Discussion in 'Japan' started by Samurai Warrior, Jun 28, 2018.

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What result do you expect?

Poll closed Jul 2, 2018.
  1. Japan win

    8 vote(s)
    32.0%
  2. Belgium win

    14 vote(s)
    56.0%
  3. Japan win by PKs

    3 vote(s)
    12.0%
  4. Belgium win by PKs

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  1. Samurai Warrior

    Samurai Warrior Member+

    Dec 2, 2008
    Nat'l Team:
    Japan
    There is noting easy in this stage.
     
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  2. HomokHarcos

    HomokHarcos Member+

    Jul 2, 2014
    Club:
    AS Roma
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    He could have at least said Shunsuke Nakamura if he got the name wrong.
     
  3. KAPIJXM

    KAPIJXM Member+

    Nov 18, 2011
    Illa de Arousa,Spain
    Club:
    Celta de Vigo
    Nat'l Team:
    Japan
    I guess Januzaj said it right (I think he knows Kagawa from his time in Manchester United) and the Belgium NT Twitter wrote it wrong.

    The funny thing is that same Shinsuke replied the tweet :ROFLMAO:

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  4. HomokHarcos

    HomokHarcos Member+

    Jul 2, 2014
    Club:
    AS Roma
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    I looked at the World Cup odds from 2002, and Japan were actually the betting favourites against Belgium. Even 10 years ago these teams would be considered pretty equal, but now Belgium is seen as the far stronger team.
     
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  5. Yasukuni_God

    Yasukuni_God Red Card

    Jun 4, 2018
    Taiwanese newscasters are wearing Japan jerseys.


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  6. seolseol

    seolseol Member+

    Apr 26, 2003
    Club:
    Manchester United FC
    I prefer. Sweden. Switzerland. Russia etc over Belgium, Brazil
     
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  7. HTCONEM8

    HTCONEM8 Member

    May 16, 2014
    Club:
    AC Milan
    Yup. Especially Brazil. But Nishino won against them albeit at olympic level so there's that.
     
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  8. nipponbasse83

    nipponbasse83 Member+

    Jun 17, 2007
    Ichikawa, Chiba, Japan
    Club:
    Consadole Sapporo
    Nat'l Team:
    Norway
    That warms my heart=)
     
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  9. teioh

    teioh Member+

    Apr 17, 2012
    Guys what the heck are you talking about? You seems like the "football experts" in my country that talked about Spain vs Croatia in the quarterfinals as Russia didn't exist or people now talking about Belgium vs Brazil as Japan and Mexico (actually 0-0) were only a traning match.
    What I mean is that IF Japan had won Poland and group the first opponent would be ENGLAND with Harry Kane aka Top Scorer of this WC, how can be an easy path the one where you meet with this kind of challenge?
     
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  10. nipponbasse83

    nipponbasse83 Member+

    Jun 17, 2007
    Ichikawa, Chiba, Japan
    Club:
    Consadole Sapporo
    Nat'l Team:
    Norway
    You know, teams who are calculating about "easiest route" etc usually doesn't end up doing well. Can you name one team who did that who actually went on to win the tournament? And to hear the so-called tv experts doing the same makes me cringe.

    Of course, on paper the other side of the draw might look easier but chances are it will not. England is no worse than Belgium ( I would actually say they are better as they are more balanced). Croatia are in the form of their lives, and never, never underestimate playing against a host nation.

    Brazil have looked weak, and are struggling against Mexico as we speak although they are 1-0 up. France have been horrible to watch except for that win vs Argentina, and at this point I would actually fear Croatia more than both of those.
     
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  11. nipponbasse83

    nipponbasse83 Member+

    Jun 17, 2007
    Ichikawa, Chiba, Japan
    Club:
    Consadole Sapporo
    Nat'l Team:
    Norway
    I'm actually now very confident Japan will beat Belgium today.
     
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  12. teioh

    teioh Member+

    Apr 17, 2012
    Don't jynx us! Y-Y
     
  13. Samurai Warrior

    Samurai Warrior Member+

    Dec 2, 2008
    Nat'l Team:
    Japan
    Same starting line-up as in the first two matches:

    Kawashima.
    Hiroki Sakai - Shoji - Yoshida - Nagatomo.
    Hasebe - Shibasaki.
    Haraguchi - Kagawa - Inui.
    Osako.​
     
  14. teioh

    teioh Member+

    Apr 17, 2012
    These players scored 4 goals in 2 match against Colombia and Senegal defence hitting 1 crossbar and wasted at least 2 clear chance to score.
    Now even if we lose I wanna see them score 2 against Belgium PLEASE.
     
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  15. Samurai Warrior

    Samurai Warrior Member+

    Dec 2, 2008
    Nat'l Team:
    Japan
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  16. Samurai Warrior

    Samurai Warrior Member+

    Dec 2, 2008
    Nat'l Team:
    Japan
    They will, and Japan will not lose today.
     
  17. KAPIJXM

    KAPIJXM Member+

    Nov 18, 2011
    Illa de Arousa,Spain
    Club:
    Celta de Vigo
    Nat'l Team:
    Japan
    How do you do to be so optimistic? Tell me your secret, I'm super nervous :p
     
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  18. Ogasawara

    Ogasawara Member

    Jun 15, 2014
    Club:
    Kashima Antlers
    Nat'l Team:
    Japan
    If only I was as confident as you my friend
     
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  19. HomokHarcos

    HomokHarcos Member+

    Jul 2, 2014
    Club:
    AS Roma
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    No it's better not to be that confident.
     
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  20. seolseol

    seolseol Member+

    Apr 26, 2003
    Club:
    Manchester United FC
    Why so optimistic?
     
  21. AtsushiYanagishower

    Arsenal
    Japan
    May 29, 2018
    Yoshida is due an NT goal
     
  22. PinoyMarauder

    PinoyMarauder Member

    Apr 10, 2008
    Philippines/Canada
    Lets go AFC.

    AFC did solid this year in the group stages. They Averaged 3 points per team which is probably the highest per team average for the AFC if I am not mistaken. Europe and CONEMBOL finished way ahead at 5 but AFC finished above Concacrap and CAF by a healthy margin.
     
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  23. Blue-San

    Blue-San Member+

    Jun 21, 2011
    Club:
    Kashima Antlers
    Nat'l Team:
    Japan
    I only wish they dont play as defensively as Russia, Mexico. Play your game fight hard, I do hope they are able to create possesion instead of just pulling back inviting pressure and goals. Although I do think that is exactly what they will do I am afraid
     
  24. SandyRavage

    SandyRavage Member

    Jan 14, 2014
    Scotland
    Club:
    Dundee United FC
    Nat'l Team:
    Scotland
    It's a tough ask for the boys in blue but with a bit of luck and a lot of hard work they can do it!. Keep it tight, play to your strengths and at least give them a tough game and you never know what can happen! Let's do it!
     
  25. nsato

    nsato Member

    Oct 11, 2009
    Let's ********ing goooooooo

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