Monday, July 02, 2018
Happy for Belgium, delighted for Japan
I had been wishing that Japan were hammered by Belgium, but in the end the way they were eliminated must have been the most painful, so that is something to thank Belgium for. Belgium are in the quarterfinals after suffering. But coming from behind 0-2 to win 3-2 is something that has happened very few times in World Cup history knock-out matches (in fact the previous one had been a legendary West Germany against England in 1970), and perhaps fighting and winning such an uphill battle will make the Belgians stronger. Because surely they will need everything they have to defeat a Brazilian side that will be much more unforgiving than the Japanese. The left and right backs of Beglium looked completely inept, and any Brazilian back (Marcelo, Danilo, Fagner) will have a field day if they have such space in the quarterfinals! And Brazil's defense is MUCH better than the Japanese. Belgium will have confidence after their win, but Brazil are by far favourites to make it to the semi-final. Belgium is not that good. In the meantime, Sayonara Japan!