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Chelsea ace Eden Hazard insists he was right to call out Belgium teammate Romelu Lukaku at the start of the World Cup.

Casemiro was booked midway through the second half for pulling back Mexico's Hirving Lozano in an attempt to stop a counter-attack with the scores still level at 0-0.

Neymar scored the first goal in Brazil's 2-0 win over Mexico to double his World Cup tally, and Meunier admitted that keeping the 26-year-old at bay in Friday's clash would be hard.

Brazil was in similar position four years ago when it hosted the World Cup but was humiliated 7-1 by eventual victor Germany in the semifinals.

A host of key players were rested for the 1-0 victory against England, including Hazard, Lukaku and Kevin De Bruyne, but they will return here.

However, Belgium fought back from two down to eventually advance to the quarter-finals thanks to a goal in the dying stages by substitute Nacer Chadli.

"It's time to shine, definitely", Hazard said.

"When we took the lead I thought we were going to win", said 21-year-old university student Nao Okada, who burst into tears at a Tokyo sports bar as the final whistle sounded. That was the first major tournament for many of us, knockout matches have a lot to do with experience and can be complicated.

He will nearly certainly be replaced by Manchester City's Fernandinho, another favorite of Brazil manager Tite, who has played some part in every Brazil game at this year's World Cup.

That was great to see but, when I talked to him after Belgium had played Panama, we spoke about one of the chances he had and I told him what he could have done better in that situation than the touch he took with his left foot.

Japan reached this stage in controversial manner, by virtue of collecting fewer yellow cards in the group phase than Senegal. "I have more experience, definitely", the victor of the 2015 PFA Player of the Year Award said.

"Maybe Belgium feel the tournament is starting after their three wins, but I'd like to feel we are on a par with them".

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