Belgium stun Japan to set up Brazil showdown!

July 2, 2018

Belgium 3-2 Japan: Super-sub Nacer Chadli scores with last kick of the game to complete

Nacer Chadli scored a last-minute winner to complete Belgium comeback from two goals down and send Roberto Martinez’s side into the quarter-finals.

It only took three minutes after the break for the deadlock to be broken after Genki Haraguchi ran through on goal to finish smartly before Takashi Inui sensationally doubled Japan‘s lead with a thunderous shot just three minutes after the first.

Jan Vertonghen then scored his ninth international goal with a looping header to give Belgium hope beforeMarouane Fellaini equalised with a trademark header to make it 2-2 with 15 minutes remaining before Chadli completed the comeback to send Belgium into the quarter-finals.

Nacer Chadli scored with the last kick of the game to send Belgium into the quarter-finals after being two goals down

Nacer Chadli scored with the last kick of the game to send Belgium into the quarter-finals after being two goals down

Belgium quickly countered from a Japan corner kick which allowed Kevin De Bruyne to pick the right pass in the 93rd minute

Belgium quickly countered from a Japan corner kick which allowed Kevin De Bruyne to pick the right pass in the 93rd minute

Romelu Lukaku cleverly let the ball run to an unmarked Chadli who had the job of putting the ball into the net

Romelu Lukaku cleverly let the ball run to an unmarked Chadli who had the job of putting the ball into the net

The Belgium squad spark mass scenes of jubilation after they come back from a two-goal deficit to beat Japan 

The Belgium squad spark mass scenes of jubilation after they come back from a two-goal deficit to beat Japan

Super-substitute Marouane Fellaini wheels away in celebration after helping Belgium get back into the round of 16 clash

Super-substitute Marouane Fellaini wheels away in celebration after helping Belgium get back into the round of 16 clash

The towering midfielder scored with a trademark header minutes after Belgium got themselves their first goal of the game

The towering midfielder scored with a trademark header minutes after Belgium got themselves their first goal of the game

Japan's defenders helplessly watch on after Fellaini jumps highest to score Belgium's second goal and the equaliser

Japan’s defenders helplessly watch on after Fellaini jumps highest to score Belgium’s second goal and the equaliser

Belgium defender Jan Vertonghen celebrates with Nacer Chadli after his goal gets his side back into the last 16 tie

Belgium defender Jan Vertonghen celebrates with Nacer Chadli after his goal gets his side back into the last 16 tie

Jan Vertonghen gave Belgium a lifeline with a high looping header that completely caught Japan's goalkeeper out

Jan Vertonghen gave Belgium a lifeline with a high looping header that completely caught Japan’s goalkeeper out

The goalkeeper could only the watch as the header bounces into the net to make it 2-1 on Monday evening in Rostov

The goalkeeper could only the watch as the header bounces into the net to make it 2-1 on Monday evening in Rostov

Takashi Inui (centre) celebrates doubling Japan's lead after his long-range effort beats Thibaut Courtois in the Belgium net

Takashi Inui (centre) celebrates doubling Japan’s lead after his long-range effort beats Thibaut Courtois in the Belgium net

Japan's No 14 (L) thunders his shot from way outside the box while Axel Witsel does his best to try and close down the effort

Japan’s No 14 (L) thunders his shot from way outside the box while Axel Witsel does his best to try and close down the effort

The Japan attacker's effort left Belgium in a heap just a couple of minutes after they conceded the first goal

The Japan attacker’s effort left Belgium in a heap just a couple of minutes after they conceded the first goal

Genki Haraguchi paused and then struck the ball into the bottom far corner as Vertonghen and Courtois are helpless

Genki Haraguchi paused and then struck the ball into the bottom far corner as Vertonghen and Courtois are helpless

Belgium goalkeeper Courtois looks on in disbelief after Japan take a shock but deserved lead at the Rostov Arena

Belgium goalkeeper Courtois looks on in disbelief after Japan take a shock but deserved lead at the Rostov Arena

Haraguchi celebrates with the Japan bench after scoring the first goal just three minutes after the restart on Monday

Haraguchi celebrates with the Japan bench after scoring the first goal just three minutes after the restart on Monday

Japan got plenty of men behind the ball to make threats like Hazard slightly redundant for Belgium in the first half

Japan got plenty of men behind the ball to make threats like Hazard slightly redundant for Belgium in the first half

Japan defended resolutely in the first 45 minutes as Mertens looks to get a shot away for Belgium in Rostov

Japan defended resolutely in the first 45 minutes as Mertens looks to get a shot away for Belgium in Rostov

Centre back Kompany does incredibly well to keep the ball in play as he leaps through the air to keep things alive

Centre back Kompany does incredibly well to keep the ball in play as he leaps through the air to keep things alive

Kompany, who made is return from an injury, flies through the air to put the ball back across an empty goal against Japan

Kompany, who made is return from an injury, flies through the air to put the ball back across an empty goal against Japan

Lukaku was a constant threat for Belgium in the first half as Maya Yoshida has to stretch out a leg to intercept the ball

Lukaku was a constant threat for Belgium in the first half as Maya Yoshida has to stretch out a leg to intercept the ball

Lukaku arguably has the first real chance for Belgium in the first half but the ball got stuck in between his feet

Lukaku arguably has the first real chance for Belgium in the first half but the ball got stuck in between his feet

Japan goalkeeper Eiji Kawashima pounces on the lose ball after Lukaku couldn't get a shot away in front of goal

Japan goalkeeper Eiji Kawashima pounces on the lose ball after Lukaku couldn’t get a shot away in front of goal

The Red Devils striker shows his strength as he keeps two defenders at bay inside the area as he looks to break the deadlock

The Red Devils striker shows his strength as he keeps two defenders at bay inside the area as he looks to break the deadlock

Lukaku is smothered by the Japanese defenders as he looks to bring the ball down and get a shot away 

Lukaku is smothered by the Japanese defenders as he looks to bring the ball down and get a shot away

Martinez (L) shouts instructions to his Belgium team while Japan manager Nishino (R) assesses the action from afar

Martinez (L) shouts instructions to his Belgium team while Japan manager Nishino (R) assesses the action from afar

Carrasco claimed for an early-penalty after he felt he was fouled in the box but nothing was given after he stayed on his feet

Hiroki Sakai (L) shrugs Vertonghen off the ball as the two defenders battle it out in the early stages of the first half

Hiroki Sakai (L) shrugs Vertonghen off the ball as the two defenders battle it out in the early stages of the first half

Former Manchester United playmaker Kagawa (R) keeps the ball away from Belgium's and Manchester City's De Bruyne (L)

Former Manchester United playmaker Kagawa (R) keeps the ball away from Belgium’s and Manchester City’s De Bruyne (L)

Vertonghen (L), De Bruyne (R) and Axel Witsel go to close down Kagawa's (C) shot from outside the box early on

Vertonghen (L), De Bruyne (R) and Axel Witsel go to close down Kagawa’s (C) shot from outside the box early on

Belgium boss Martinez stands for the national anthem ahead of his side's World Cup round of 16 clash with Japan

Belgium boss Martinez stands for the national anthem ahead of his side’s World Cup round of 16 clash with Japan

MATCH FACTS:

BELGIUM: (3-4-3) Courtois; Alderweireld, Kompany, Vertonghen; Meunier, De Bruyne, Witsel, Carrasco (Chadli 65); Mertens (Fellaini 65), Lukaku, Hazard

SUBS NOT USED: Casteels (GK), Mignolet (GK); Batshuayi, Boyata, Dembele, Dendoncker, Hazard, Januzaj, Tielemans, Vermaelen

GOALS: Vertonghen (69); Fellaini (74); Chadli (94)

BOOKINGS: None

COACH: Roberto Martinez

JAPAN: (4-2-3-1) Kawashima; H. Sakai, Yoshida, Shoji, Nagatomo; Hasebe, Shibasaki (Yamaguchi 81); Haraguchi (Honda 81), Kagawa, Inui; Osako

SUBS NOT USED: Higashiguchi (GK), Nakamura (GK); Endo, Makino, Muto, Okazaki, Oshima, G. Sakai, Ueda, Usami

GOALS: Haraguchi (48); Inui (52)

BOOKINGS: Shibasaki (40)

COACH: Akira Nishino

REFEREE: Malang Diedhiou (Senegal)

MAN OF THE MATCH:

VENUE: Rostov Arena

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