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Belgium Stage Remarkable Comeback To Advance

2018 World Cup Report: Belgium v Japan 02 July 2018

By SL International - Jul 02, 2018 10:04 PM

2018 World Cup

Result: Belgium 3-2 Japan

Date: 02 July 2018

Venue: Rostov Arena

Belgium pulled off a remarkable comeback to advance to the quarter-finals of the 2018 World Cup with a 3-2 win over Japan on Monday evening.

Japan settled the better of the two sides in the early stages of the match, dominating possession and forcing Belgium to back-track into their own half.

The Red Devils had opportunities on set-pieces to use their height advantage over the Japanese towards the 20th minute but their deliveries were not up to scratch.

Roberto Martinez’s charges were dominating the match after half-an-hour, but they were unable to carve out chances for Romelu Lukaku.

As a result, the two sides were deadlocked as they entered the halftime break.

Genki Haraguchi broke the deadlock for Japan three minutes into the second stanza with a low strike from the right side of the box following a quick counter-attack.

Takashi Inui then doubled the lead for the Blue Samurai four minutes later with a fantastic curling strike from outside the box to compound the pressure on the Belgium side.

However, Jan Vertonghen pulled a goal back for Belgium in the 69th minute with a magnificent header from the far side, which looped over the keeper before nestling in the back of the net.

Substitute Marouane Fellaini got the equaliser for the Red Devils 16 minutes before time, leaping the highest inside the box to power home a header from Eden Hazard's cross.

Lukaku almost snatched the winner for Belgium five minutes before time with a free header inside the box but Japan goalkeeper Eiji Kawashima produced a spectacular save.

With the final kick of the game, Nacer Chadli netted the winner for Belgium by scoring into a gaping net following a superb counter-attack, setting up a quarter-final clash against Brazil.


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Ben_Stokes_101 Joined: 18 Jan 2016
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Ben_Stokes_101 Jul 03, 2018 11:18 AM
@Madredz I was 8 years old mate....
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Boris Becker Jul 03, 2018 08:11 AM
@mosekaphofu maggosim at least Brazil will also suffer the consequences qha ke
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mosekaphofu maggosim Jul 03, 2018 07:49 AM
The height factor was against Japan for the first two goals,the third goal was a deadly tsunami(counter)
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indidane Jul 03, 2018 05:42 AM
W0000w g00d team this Belgium
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clemz7 Jul 03, 2018 02:07 AM
Ok
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Jujubhaka Jul 03, 2018 01:53 AM
Chachung taishi tai-chi kungfu tai chu sushi wushu mushu. Chachung chachung. I would like to thank Japan for not coming in to add numbers and for showing us that any King can bleed. What a game,no bus parking. Japan you are now one of the powerhouses.
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Tsikinosky Jul 03, 2018 01:37 AM
Belgium n Croatia r nt 1 man's team. They both play wth galaxy of stars
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Aka-Skobho Jul 02, 2018 10:52 PM
That will go down as the best come back in our lifetime at the biggest stage like the world cup real amazing and unbelievable turn of events from Belgium
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Record Jul 02, 2018 10:42 PM
Wow what a come back
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blackmeteor Jul 02, 2018 10:40 PM
@mludowns I agree..............Now the quarterfinal will determine who gets the cup.
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mludowns Jul 02, 2018 10:37 PM
Would have been nice to see a Brazil VS Belgium Final.
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Madredz Joined: 15 Feb 2010
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Madredz Jul 02, 2018 10:34 PM
Football was the winner.
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Madredz Jul 02, 2018 10:33 PM
@Ben_Stokes_101 .... Lol. How old where you in 1970?
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Ben_Stokes_101 Jul 02, 2018 10:26 PM
What Belgium Did was last done in 1970 by West Germany...
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blackmeteor Jul 02, 2018 10:24 PM
I am in awe of the brave Japanese and salute them..........as well as Belgium. This was the greatest game of WC 2018......so far. Belgium will fall in the quarters!
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Mzi4Pool Jul 02, 2018 10:16 PM
Belgium all the way

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