Alexis Sanchez reveals why he wants Belgium to win World Cup

Alexis Sanchez Romelu Lukaku

With Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi both eliminated from the World Cup on Saturday, this tournament now has a superstar void.

Neymar scored the first goal in Brazil's 2-0 win over Mexico to double his World Cup tally, and Meunier admitted that keeping the 26-year-old at bay in Friday's clash would be hard.

And this defensive solidity has meant that Brazil have conceded just six goals in 25 games and just one at this World Cup.

"We were not afraid to play against Belgium and we showed that for 90 minutes but unfortunately we couldn't win but I'm proud of the team because we played aggressively and all Japanese people I think are proud of us".

"Messi and Ronaldo are out now but a lot of good players are still in the World Cup. We will see at the end what happens", he told reporters on Sunday.

"Anyway, I'll do my best". It was the World Cup, and we were faced with the depth and the strength of Belgium.

"We don't talk about that to our players".

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A last-minute goal Nacer Chadli capped a remarkable fightback for Belgium as they dumped Japan out of the World Cup in thrilling, not to mention historic, fashion.

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.

Brazil play their first Round of 16 match as one the favorites to hoist the trophy in Russian Federation.

Sadly, though, that's not how it goes - as Japan knows all too well. We will be together at the next chapter. They became the first team to qualify for Round of 16 based on Fair Play.

The 61st-ranked Japanese were given little chance of making an impact at the tournament, but their gritty group stage display and last-16 match versus Belgium won over the fans.

The Finals may be over for Japan, but they have proven themselves as champions off the pitch, with their exemplary actions winning the hearts and minds of neutrals everywhere.

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