World Cup day 19 in a nutshell: Japan heartbreak, Neymar's theatrics and England news
Last Updated: 02/07/18 11:29pm
We round up Monday's talking points from Russia, with Japan heartbroken, Neymar in the news and the latest from the England camp.
Each day during the tournament, we will be pulling together all the big stories and best reaction right here in a nutshell, so you do not miss a thing.
Here are the highlights from day 19 at the World Cup...
Second-half goals from Neymar and Roberto Firmino saw Brazil beat Mexico 2-0 to advance to the World Cup quarter-finals in Samara on Tuesday.
The world's most expensive player opened the scoring six minutes into the second half after excellent approach play by Willian, the Paris Saint-Germain forward's second of the tournament and sixth overall in World Cup history.
Substitute Firmino then wrapped up the win with a simple last-minute finish as Tite's side advanced to their seventh straight World Cup quarter-final, where they will face either Japan or Belgium in Kazan on Friday night.
Belgium showed their fighting qualities as Nacer Chadli's 94th-minute strike completed a thrilling 3-2 comeback victory over Japan in their World Cup last-16 clash in Rostov.
Roberto Martinez's side were overwhelming favourites to progress to the quarter-finals after pipping England as winners of Group G but two goals in four minutes from Genki Haraguchi (48) and Takashi Inui (52) gave Japan a shock 2-0 lead.
Jan Vertonghen's looping header (69) gave Belgium hope before substitute Marouane Fellaini's trademark finish (74) from Eden Hazard's cross brought the scores level.
With the last kick of the game, a sweeping counter-attack was finished off with Chadli at the far post as Belgium progress to face Brazil in the last eight on Friday at the Kazan Arena.
Moment of the day
Heartbreak for Japan. Jubilation for Belgium. Nacer Chadli's last-minute winner was the ninth we've seen in the dying seconds of this tournament already, and sealed a historic comeback for Roberto Martinez's side, who became the first side to come back from 2-0 down in normal time during a World Cup knock-out game in 52 years.
The Japanese had come close to a winner themselves moments before when Keisuke Honda's free-kick was tipped round the post by Thibault Courtois. Within seconds, Japan's corner was cleared and Belgium broke in numbers, leaving Chadli to tap-in a late winner and turnaround what had threatened to be an embarrassing result for his country at one stage.
"I don't think we ever think about that type of thing with England. It would put you on a bit of a downer."
Marcus Rashford on England's penalty woes
"As a team, we play as a collective, all the players together... with Zlatan, as a person, as a player he's an individualist, and the play goes around him. Instead, now, we play more the team all together."
Swedish goalkeeper Karl-Johan Johnsson on his team
"For this team, this is a brilliant opportunity to go beyond where more experienced teams have before them."
Gareth Southgate on England's chance of progressing
Stat of the day
Tweet of the day
This tournament is the best I’ve ever seen. This country 🇷🇺 has risen to the occasion!! Come and enjoy it if you can ⚽️— Gary Neville (@GNev2) July 2, 2018
In the news
Neymar hit back at critics for "trying to undermine" him after more accusations of playacting in Brazil's win over Mexico.
The Paris Saint-Germain forward, who scored in the 2-0 win which put Brazil through to the quarter-finals, appeared to have been trodden on by Mexico substitute Miguel Layun while he was lying on the floor.
Neymar's apparent overreaction courted criticism and referee Gianluca Rocchi decided against consulting VAR, while after the game the Brazil talisman was bullish in his response to accusations about his theatrics.
He said: "Look, I think it's more of an attempt to undermine me than anything else. I don't care much for criticism, not even from the press because in a way this can influence athletes."
Gareth Southgate says England have a brilliant opportunity to end their miserable record in the knockout stages of major tournaments.
England take on Colombia in the last 16 of the World Cup in Moscow on Tuesday looking for their first victory in a knockout match since 2006.
Spain were regarded as the toughest possible opponent in England's half of the draw, but they were knocked out by hosts Russia on Monday.
He said: "The thing I want more than anything else is the players to continue to attack the tournament as we have. That shouldn't change now we are in the knockout phase. If anything we should feel freer.
"It is a game we are really looking forward to, the sort of match you want to be involved in. It is going to be a fantastic evening."
James Rodriguez's injury is not serious and he could be fit, says Colombia manager Jose Pekerman.
The 26-year-old suffered a calf injury in the final group match against Senegal last week leading to doubt over his involvement in the game against England.
Speaking ahead of the last-16 clash, Pekerman said: "We had good news after his medical tests. After his MRI (scan) we knew that he doesn't have a serious injury.
Japan coach Akira Nishino was left lost for words after their last-minute loss to Belgium at the World Cup. His players were stunned, too.
So what did he say to console his squad, known as the Samurai Blue? "Take a shower.
"They were standing, just not doing anything," Nishino said. "So I am going to talk to them after we get back to the hotel."
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