With 21 minutes left in regulation at Rostov Arena, underdogs Japan improbably held a 2-0 lead over Belgium thanks to second-half goals from Genki Haraguchi and Takashi Inui. Only a day earlier, he was rhetorically asking how he would attack a team like Belgium, citing its third place in the world's Federation Internationale de Football Association ranking and Japan's place 58 places down the list at 61.
Understandably, the Japanese were shattered by the end to their dream of reaching the last eight for the first time and becoming Asia's first World Cup quarter-finalists since the continent hosted the tournament in 2002.
If the World Cup was determined strictly on the basis of sportsmanship, Japan's team would win this thing no question.
"I am not the only one, of course.
This is our third time in the last 16 and we have been very tactical in our approach", Nishino said.
Even after Belgium equalized, Japan kept trying to win instead of playing for extra time or a penalty shootout - the fallback tactic for World Cup underdogs that Russian Federation executed successfully against Spain.
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The Spurs defender's goal also made the history books, becoming the longest-ranged recorded header in World Cup history. Few expected the Blue Samurai to get out of their group, not least because of the change at the top. We will be together at the next chapter.
Still, the match looked destined for extra time when the Belgians executed a brilliant counter attack that was capped off with a game-winning goal by Nacer Chadli.
Although the two countries' fans appear to share mores on cleanliness, Senegal has officially filed a complaint about Japan's progress in the competition.
The simple yet touching gestures of Japanese fans and their team have elevated the Japanese World Cup delegation to a class unmatched in most global sporting events.
"Maybe Belgium feel the tournament is starting after their three wins, but I'd like to feel we are on a par with them". I know we have a chance, but I also know that it is very complicated to stop them, not just Neymar.