"This is the last World Cup for me".
At the 2014 World Cup, Belgium reached the quarter-finals, losing to eventual runners-up Argentina, but Hazard was a pale shadow of his brilliant club self. "Let's dream about the Japanese national team together".
A second from a corner and then a stoppage-time victor from a fast counter handed Belgium a scarcely deserved 3-2 victory in what - despite the loss - was easily the best performance that any of Asia's quintet of nations turned in at Russian Federation.
With 21 minutes left in regulation at Rostov Arena, underdogs Japan improbably held a 2-0 lead over Belgium thanks to second-half goals from Genki Haraguchi and Takashi Inui.
After two days of brilliant football and surprises, FIFA World Cup 2018 Round of 16 is ready for the third day of knockout action.
World Cup fever has gripped Japan despite a time difference that meant Monday's match aired from 3 am local time on Tuesday morning in Tokyo.
Meunier played the entirety of Belgium's 3-2 round-of-16 victory over Japan, which was settled by Nacer Chadli's stoppage-time strike and set up a quarter-final clash with the highly fancied South Americans.
'In less than six seconds we covered the whole pitch. "We have good training sessions, and I'm sure we'll be ready tomorrow".
Belgium captain Eden Hazard admits memories of his squad's shock Euro 2016 defeat to Wales haunted him when they were down against Japan.
With so many presumptive title contenders now eliminated from the tournament, and other leading candidates not looking near as impressive as most expected them to, this could be flawless chance for Belgium to make a very deep run.