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Photos: The emotional seesaw of the World Cup, seen in one game

A Japan supporters cries after losing the round of 16 match between Belgium and Japan at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Rostov Arena, in Rostov-on-Don, Russia, Monday, July 2, 2018.
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It all turned so fast.
  • Johnny Simon
By Johnny Simon

Deputy Photo Editor

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In the early part of the second half of Japan’s World Cup round-of-16 match against Belgium, they were riding high with a comfortable 2-0 lead. That all came crashing down in the 69th minute as Belgium scored, then scored again five minutes later, and then scored one last time in the final seconds of play. Belgium will continue on to the quarterfinals after winning 3-2.

A roller coaster of emotions was visible on the faces of Japanese fans watching the game in person in Russia or around the world, who in the span of 30 minutes went from on the cusp of victory to a crushing defeat.

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