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Japan's fan react at the end of the Russia 2018 World Cup round of 16 football match between Belgium and Japan at the Rostov Arena in Rostov-On-Don on July 2, 2018. Belgium won 3-2. - AFP PHOTO - Odd ANDERSEN -

‘Japan nearly slayed the giant’ – cheers to tears for despairing fans

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