Round of 16: Belgium - Japan

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Last goal is precisely like all the goals scored against us because of nagatomo incompetence.

Good riddance.

yep...

how ironic that we needed to sell him before qualifing for CL
 

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The most tragic match.. this is too cruel for Japan not even Tsubasa movie cant compete with this.
 

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Lukaku is shit though.

The Japanese had to cover him intensely all the time due to his physique which was way better than theirs. That made openings which especially the smaller Belgian wingers made a lot of use of. He should had scored on the header he got late in the match but otherwise I don't think he was shit.
 

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The Japanese had to cover him intensely all the time due to his physique which was way better than theirs. That made openings which especially the smaller Belgian wingers made a lot of use of. He should had scored on the header he got late in the match but otherwise I don't think he was shit.

He wasn't shit , far from it. He should have scored at least a goal but overall he was good enough.

Anyways on the game, Fellaini gets so much shit but delivers more often than not. He should be played in this role, near to the box rather than as midfielder. he is a nuisance to handle and creates space. Good squad option.

Overall very good game and impressed with Japan. Their technical ability was very good, they lack physicality though, that's one of their main issue. Hard luck losing like that.
 

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I agree. Japan often show a great fighting spirit and an amazing pace with a great optimism. Unlucky for them they don't have the genes to grow any taller or improve a lot in their physicality. I often like to watch Japan in the WCs due to their strengths and as their game is different from probably all European NTs.
 

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Props to Martinez. Good subs...very good coach.
 

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I was ready to post this here but I guess I'll wait 4 years.

 

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Props to Martinez. Good subs...very good coach.

His weakness is setting up defense, it was big weakness at Everton and looks like he still has same issues.
 

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Martinez is an idiot

lukaku is an idiot

Fellani is an idiot
 

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His weakness is setting up defense, it was big weakness at Everton and looks like he still has same issues.
True that. But if it wasn’t for Lukakus misses, this game would have never gotten to that point imo
 

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Respect to Japan,pride of Asia
 

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I mean sending Fellaini up top for headers against 5 foot 7 Japanese defenders is not exactly a genius tactic. It should have been done since minute 1.
 

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Not just of Fellaini...he changed the style of play too..they started playing much more direct and vertical.
Yes, the result also dictated that too.
But, Up to certain point they were trying to play tiki taka shit...he adjusted pretty good, and yeah, the subs were ON POINT.
Credit were credit is due...no coach has been perfect so far in this WC. It’s all about in game adjustments.
 

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His weakness is setting up defense, it was big weakness at Everton and looks like he still has same issues.

He needs to do away with that 3 in the back bullshit
 

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no acting, no diving

love it
 

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Kompany is finished, thx for ruin my fantasy team benching boyata.
 

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no acting, no diving

love it

In the first half I remember Carasco's foot being pulled by Hasebe in the penalty box but he stayed on his feet and continued play. It was really refreshing to see that when you have cunts like Neymar and Suarez falling and crying like pussies all over the place.
 

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Nagatomo lol, that's why he isn't around anymore. 2 of the goals were conceded from his side of the pitch.
 
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