Japan was leading 2-0 early in the second half in Rostov-On-Don before Belgium came back to win 3-2 with a scintillating counterattack in the last seconds of injury time.
Japan's national football team and its fans suffered a massive heartbreak on Monday night, losing to a last-gasp Belgium goal that shattered its hopes of reaching the World Cup 2018 quarter-finals.
Although he refused to criticise Neymar directly, Mexico manager Juan Carlos Osorio was unimpressed with the behaviour of the Brazil players and blamed their theatrics for halting his side's rhythm.
Honda, playing in his third World Cup, was unable to help the Samurai Blue reach the quarterfinals for the first time in their history, and is stepping down just two games short of a century of worldwide appearances.
However, goals from Vertonghen, Marouane Fellaini and Nacer Chadli ensured that Roberto Martinez's men scripted the comeback of the tournament to set up a mouthwatering quarter-final clash with favourites Brazil.
John Stones came off at half-time in their last outing against Belgium, but he is expected to be fit and return to the starting lineup for a game billed as England's biggest in a generation. Right from their first match against Columbia in the World Cup, they have ensured the tradition is followed.
New coach Akira Nishino was also bitterly criticised for ordering the team to run down the clock in their final group stage match, knowing a 1-0 loss to Poland was enough to advance.
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"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".