Belgium knocks Japan out of World Cup with a super comeback

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Belgium stunned Japan with a super comeback at the Rostov Arena on Monday, coming from 2-0 down to secure a 2-3 victory to quality for quarter-finals of the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

Japan broke the deadlock 48 minutes into the game as Vertonghen failed to cut out Shibasaki’s through ball and Haraguchi latches onto the end of the pass, firing a driven shot into the far corner of the net beyond Courtois’ reach.

Japan were dangerous on the counter throughout and Shibasaki’s ball through was sublime, although Vertonghen should have done better.

4 minutes later, Japan doubled their lead. Kagawa collected the ball on the edge of the box and pokes a pass back to Inui, who shapes up to shoot and fires an unstoppable effort into the bottom right-hand corner.

Kagawa’s pass for Inui invited the shot and he obliged.

69 minutes on the clock, Belgium pulled one back. Japan failed to deal with a corner and Vertonghen loops a superb header over the head ofย Kawashima and into the far corner.

5 minutes later, Belgium equalised. Hazard curled a superb cross into the middle where Fellaini, off the bench, rises above the Japan defence to head home.


Hazard has had a frustrating evening but he delivered when it mattered.

90′ + 4′ Belgium completed the comeback with an incredible counter attack. The Red Devils hit on the counter with the last kick of the game. De Bruyne charges through the middle, rolls a ball out wide to Meunier and the low cross is brilliantly left by Lukaku and Chadli has the goal at his mercy.

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Belgium now secured a date against Brazil in the quarter-finals, while Japan can return home with their heads held high.

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