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The former FC Tokyo player, who also had a stint with Italian side Cesena, took to social media to herald the permanent move to Galatasaray, where he raised the Turkish first-division trophy last season after arriving on loan.
His ability to maintain his dribble under pressure and shoot from medium range were invaluable assets to the four-time Asian champions as they defied pundits' predictions on the sport's biggest stage.
Changing coaches on the eve of the World Cup can be fraught with danger.
However, coach Juan Carlos Osorio said he was not concerned about past history.
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'In less than six seconds we covered the whole pitch.
As per a report by Business Standard, the match between Japan and Belgium was a roller coaster ride.
Roberto Martinez's unsafe side have lived up to their billing so far, winning all three group games. They became the first team to qualify for Round of 16 based on Fair Play.
However, Adnan Januzaj, who scored the victor in that match, has suffered a knee knock in training.
"There aren't many World Cup games where you come from 2-0 down to win".
"This is our time to shine, definitely".
"But we were also thinking that we could score goals to win".
"It's in our hands, we need to give everything and see what happens".
Although the two countries' fans appear to share mores on cleanliness, Senegal has officially filed a complaint about Japan's progress in the competition. "That's how I felt at the end of the game".