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Starting XI: Belgium vs Japan

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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