Thomas Meunier said he would be facing the best player he has ever played with when Belgium take on Neymar and Brazil in the World Cup quarter-final, saying of his Paris-Saint Germain team-mate: "I do not know how to stop him".
While firm favourites Brazil lock horns with underdogs Mexico, Belgium face a risky Japan in the matches on Monday.
These teams drew 0-0 in the group stage of the last World Cup, and Mexico qualified for the last 16 here at the expense of Germany, beating the holders 1-0 in Moscow in their opening game. "I have more experience, definitely", the victor of the 2015 PFA Player of the Year Award said.
Despite the heartache, the Japanese footballers rose to the occasion and respectfully bowed to the fans, who fiercely supported them during the match.
I already ran through his unbelievable worldwide goalscoring record the last time we took the piss out of him, and he added another last night as Brazil overcame Mexico 2-0 on their way to the quarters.
The Japanese team's commitment to leaving the Rostov-on-Don stadium and the tournament itself in a courteous manner felt even more impressive, as only 15 minutes from the final whistle they were on the verge of extending their stay in Russian Federation and knocking out star-studded Belgium in the process.
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A fortnight short of his 39th birthday, the CSKA stopper is old enough to know you need to watch the ball. The crowd roared, Pique howled, the referee pointed to the spot and the VAR whispered his approval.
In the wake of their gut-wrenching 3-2 loss to Belgium in the round of 16 on Monday night in Rostov-on-Don, tweets featuring a photo of Japan's post-match locker room at Rostov Arena began to go viral on Twitter.
Hazard was among the nine changes made by Roberto Martinez for their last match, while Gareth Southgate similarly rested eight players, with both teams having already qualified for the knockout stages.
'In less than six seconds we covered the whole pitch.
As a player and man, however, Fellaini doesn't deserve the criticism he gets a lot of the time. "That's how I felt at the end of the game".
"We have the same level of maturity across the team, which will make a difference this time".
Japan is totally different to Wales [who knocked Belgium out of Euro 2016], and we'll take this as seriously as possible.