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Starting XI: Belgium vs Japan

2018 FIFA World Cup Starting XI: Belgium vs Japan, 2 July 2018

By Keegan Kruger - Jul 02, 2018 06:47 PM @KeeganKruger

Roberto Martinez's Belgium will battle it out with Asian giants Japan for a spot in the quarter-finals at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia tonight – here's how the two teams will line up!

Click through the gallery above to see Belgium's line-up!

2018 FIFA World Cup, Round of 16

Teams: Belgium vs Japan

Date: 2 July 2018

Time: 20:00

Venue: Rostov Arena

The Red Devils go into this encounter with an unbeaten record in the competition so far, while the Samurai Blue won just one of their three group games.

Japan ended second in Group H, narrowly pipping Senegal via the FIFA Fair Play Rule, while the Belgians racked up three straight wins in Group G, one of those coming against England.

Belgium have won only one of their previous five encounters with Japan – the latest came in their most recent meeting in November 2017, when they won 1-0 courtesy of a Romelu Lukaku goal.

These two teams have met in the World Cup only once before, a 2-2 draw in the group stage during the 2002 showpiece hosted by Korea and Japan.

The Belgians have lost eight of their past 11 knockout matches in the tournament, and have never kept a clean sheet in this phase of the competition.

Here's how thw two teams line up:

Belgium: Courtois; Vermaelen, Kompany, Alderweireld; Meunier, De Bruyne, Witsel, Carrasco; Mertens, E. Hazard; Lukaku.

Japan: Kawashima; Sakai, Shoji, Yoshida, Nagatomo; Shibasaki, Hasebe; Inui, Kagawa, Haraguchi; Osako.

What is your prediction for this game? Have your say in the comments section below. 

 


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Khizosky Joined: 28 Jul 2012
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Khizosky Jul 04, 2018 09:36 AM
star stunned Belgium will surprise this overrated Brazil team.
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mosekaphofu maggosim Jul 02, 2018 10:16 PM
Yooh! Ke tshabile football akere, frm 2-0 to 2-3, only Kgololo knows
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ChiefVM Jul 02, 2018 10:05 PM
This football can kill you a real death
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mosekaphofu maggosim Jul 02, 2018 10:03 PM
Unlucky boys
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mosekaphofu maggosim Jul 02, 2018 09:57 PM
This is a real death
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So-Mathabo-KBY Jul 02, 2018 09:14 PM
@Boris Nyirenda is a minya by profession
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So-Mathabo-KBY Jul 02, 2018 09:11 PM
@wash & wear must be twerking with his leopard print underwear now
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embizweni Jul 02, 2018 09:11 PM
I would like congratulate myself for beiliving just to believe in this team Japan
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mosekaphofu maggosim Jul 02, 2018 09:11 PM
@Boris Becker ..Kikkk yr minying wil work for u this time kikkk
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Boris Becker Jul 02, 2018 08:10 PM
Minying for Japan...
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Bridgertte Layun. Jul 02, 2018 07:51 PM
neem niks weg Japan nie maar met al die sterre wat Roberto Martinez het tot sy bekskking I'm also expecting Belgium to run riot in this affair
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embizweni Jul 02, 2018 07:42 PM
Japan win
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Li87 Jul 02, 2018 07:41 PM
coach where is Boyata awu kodwa
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Mzi4Pool Jul 02, 2018 07:36 PM
Kevin De Bruyne
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Mtwesi Jul 02, 2018 07:25 PM
Five goals thriller Belgium become victoria
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Ben_Stokes_101 Jul 02, 2018 07:18 PM
@pato maybe when you've got all the money, you can do that... just like etoo and drogba as you've mentioned...
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pato Jul 02, 2018 07:11 PM
@Ben_Stokes_101 but it sounds fair, i think Drogba and Etoo use to do that and even pay their colleagues when the federation was struggling to pay players...true patriotism not this attitude of south african players crying about bonuses before they even qualify for the tournament..mxxxm
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pato Jul 02, 2018 07:08 PM
Lukaku make me proud boy
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embizweni Jul 02, 2018 07:07 PM
Easy win for Japan kagawa my man of the match
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Ben_Stokes_101 Jul 02, 2018 07:06 PM
So Mbappe Kylian, Says he will donate all his pay of the WC to Charity. This is because he thinks players at the WC should just represent their National Teams out of love.... Hee This Kid is Something else or He's Just Young and Naive...

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