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Japan boss Akira Nishino "devastated" by Belgium defeat

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Japan boss Akira Nishino says that he was left "devastated" by his side's defeat to Belgium at the World Cup finals.

Japan boss Akira Nishino has admitted that he was left "devastated" by his side's 3-2 defeat to Belgium in the last 16 of the World Cup.

The Blue Samurai squandered a two-goal lead during the match before Nacer Chadli knocked them out with the final kick of the game.

"I am devastated. Yes we took the lead but we couldn't win," BBC Sport quotes Nishino as saying. "It might have been a very small difference but I felt there was nothing in it.

"Maybe it was my decisions as a coach or my tactics, and we couldn't keep up with Belgium, who upped their game."

Belgium will face Brazil in the quarter-finals of the competition.


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