Belgium 3 Japan 2

World Cup 2018 Round Of 16 Preview Belgium vs Japan Belgium Look To Continue Fine Run Japan Aim To Make History

Nacer Chadli scored with the last kick of the game as Belgium came from 2-0 down to beat Japan 3-2 in Rostov and set up a World Cup quarter-final against Brazil.

Belgium is the first team to overturn a two-goal deficit in a World Cup knockout match since West Germany beat England in extra time at the 1970 tournament.

Run ragged at times by the skilful and determined Samurai Blue, who are 58 places behind them at 61st in FIFA's world rankings, the Red Devils will look hard at their defensive frailties and difficulties in turning pressure into goals before they face Brazil in the quarter-final in just four days.

The distraught Japanese, who went 2-0 up with goals by Genki Haraguchi and Takashi Inui early in the second half, fell to the turf after Chadli poked the ball home from Thomas Meunier's cross four minutes into added time at the Rostov Arena on Monday.

Their fortunes changed after that as Vertonghen scored a looping header to get them back into the game.

Relieved Belgium manager Roberto Martinez saluted his side's resolve.

"No negatives today, it was about getting through", Martinez insisted, offering the highest of praise for Japan's skill and tactics.

"For the next four years, it's very important for our young talented players to get experience", Bob Browaeys, who has been national youth coach for almost 20 years, told Reuters, arguing that past champions have been slow to refresh the first team.

This was Belgium's toughest test under Martinez so far, a Japan side who pushed them to the very edge.

"In the World Cup you want to be flawless - but it's about getting through, it's about winning", said the Spaniard, who was hired after a side packed with English Premier League talent collapsed against Wales in the Euro 2016 quarter-final.

A long-range shot from Eden Hazard was Belgium's brightest chance in the first 45 minutes as Japan kept close tabs on Belgium striker Romelu Lukaku.

Hardly tested in the first half but was well beaten by both of Japan's goals.

Japan took the lead when they won possession deep in their own half.

This devil-may-care attitude arguably led to their downfall as, after Honda's fizzing 35-yard freekick was saved by Thibaut Courtois, the Belgium goalkeeper gobbled up the resultant corner and initiated a blistering counterattack which led to Nacer Chadli netting a 94th-minute victor.

Falling behind rattled the Belgians as Hazard clattered the post moments later.

With just over 20 minutes left in the game, it looked as if the very talented Belgians would be sent home by a tenacious Japan side they had been expected to dispatch easily.

"You get pushed in games, you have to congratulate Japan, they were the ideal game, they were so solid, they frustrated us".

Until Verthongen's goal, Belgium had failed to demonstrate the mental resilience demanded by this sort of match at a World Cup.

Martinez then played a masterstroke by bringing on Marouane Fellaini and Chadli.

Brazil has moved through to the quarter-finals with Neymar scoring his side's opening goal and having an assist for the second but it was his time-wasting that drew the ire of Osorio. Kevin de Bruyne provided the defence-splitting pass, Thomas Meunier crossed for Romelu Lukaku, who had the enormous presence of mind to dummy it to an advancing and un-tracked Nacer Chadli to finish the job and with it, the fightback to send Japan to their knees.

Related News:

  • Tense search for lost cave boys in Thailand continues

    Tense search for lost cave boys in Thailand continues

    A break in the rain eased flooding in the system of caverns and more experts from around the world joined the rescue mission. Narongsak Osatanakorn told reporters Sunday. "It's still tough as the water stream is quite strong", he said.
    LeBron James returns to L.A. to plot his next move

    LeBron James returns to L.A. to plot his next move

    James has been linked to multiple teams in free agency, most notably the Los Angeles Lakers and 76ers. It is unclear how many of them will actually play with James rather than being included in a trade.
    Twitter reacts to Tiger Woods getting hot with putter, charging up leaderboard

    Twitter reacts to Tiger Woods getting hot with putter, charging up leaderboard

    And then he opened the back nine with a pair of birdie chances just inside 10 feet and missed the both. As for the top of the leaderboard , two dark horses will begin the day with the lead at 13 under.
  • 3 reasons Chicago Bulls are flawless  trade partners for Lakers

    3 reasons Chicago Bulls are flawless trade partners for Lakers

    James averaged 27.5 points, 8.6 rebounds, 9.1 assists and 1.4 steals and shot 54.2 percent from the field this past season. The earliest that National Basketball Association free agents can sign their new contracts is at 11 a.m.

    Collins would oppose court pick with Roe v Wade 'hostility'

    Wade would not be acceptable to me, because that would indicate an activist agenda that I don't want to see a judge have". Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, both supporters of abortion rights, key to determining who will fill Kennedy's seat.
    Golden retriever saves owner from being bit by rattlesnake in Arizona

    Golden retriever saves owner from being bit by rattlesnake in Arizona

    Godwin gave an update to Todd's fans Sunday and says her four-legged hero is healing. "Truly a warrior", Godwin said. Just as Goodwin was about to unknowingly step on the snake, Todd spotted it and jumped in front of his owner's leg.
  • Liverpool give Keita Gerrard's No.8 shirt

    Liverpool give Keita Gerrard's No.8 shirt

    Keita, who was team-mates with Liverpool FC winger Sadio Mane at Red Bull Salzburg, established himself as one of the top midfielders in the German top flight.

    India bus crash: More than 40 dead in northern Uttarakhand state

    Trivendra Rawat, the chief minister of Uttarakhand , said the bus skidded and fell into a 700ft (213m) deep gorge. Joshi said investigators had yet to pin-point what caused the accident but were examining the crash scene.

    OnePlus is teasing a red OnePlus 6

    That's probably as good as you're going to get from any Android manufacturer and matches Google's policy with Pixel handsets . It's also likely to launch in the 8GB / 128GB configuration, which is priced at Rs 39,999 in India.
  • European Union leaders reach deal on migrants

    They have traditionally been backed by rich destination countries including France, Germany, Sweden, Belgium, and the Netherlands. The controversial question is how to deal with migrants once they have reached Europe.

    French prisoner Redoine Faid escapes from Paris prison in helicopter

    He is devoted to United States director Michael Mann's stylised crime thrillers, especially 1995 gangster film Heat . One of his prison supervisors said that Faid had never had any disputes with staff, "but we must always be wary".
    Tata Steel Ltd updates on European Steel Joint Venture

    Tata Steel Ltd updates on European Steel Joint Venture

    This is the largest deal in European steel industry since Laxmi Niwas Mittal took over Arcelor in 2006. The deal comes after months of negotiations since an initial agreement was announced in September.


Most liked

Merkel seeks way out of German crisis as minister dangles resignation
It came ahead of a hard Bavarian state election set for October that has the CSU determined to show that it is tough on migration. Germany's interior minister has offered to resign over Angela Merkel's European Union deal to tackle immigration , reports say.

Named as one of the main reasons of diabetes
The study was conducted by researchers from the Washington University School of Medicine in St Louis, Missouri. Previous research has linked air pollution with heart disease, stroke, cancer and kidney disease.

Carnival Cruise Ship Rescues Overboard Norwegian Crew Member
The Coast Guard reports the missing crew member is in stable condition, and the incident is under investigation. Coast Guard dispatched planes and a cutter that searched more than 1,630 square miles in the Gulf of Mexico.

LeBron James Agrees To Sign Four-Year, $154M Deal With Lakers
LeBron James, pictured November 1, 2017 in Cleveland, left the Cleveland Cavaliers to sign with the Los Angeles Lakers. James' four-year, $154 million contract will net him over $35 million each season, according to Bobby Marks of ESPN.

Pompeo Urges China to Fully Implement N. Korea Sanctions
Mr Kim's rare visit to the remote northern region spawns speculation that North Korea may seek to strengthen its economic cooperation with China amid their thawing ties.

Thousands protest in United States over migrant separations
They are mothers, fathers, children, human beings, fleeing unimaginable danger with nothing but courage to sustain them. Margarita Perez held up a Mexican flag as speakers addressed the crowd in Albuquerque. "I beg you all", she said.

Comedian claims he prank called President Trump, posing as Sen. Bob Menendez
Bob Menendez speaks at the seventh annual Standing on the Shoulders of Giants Black History Month Celebration at St. A White House insider told Politico staff are absolutely baffled as to how the prank call could have taken place.

Obama offers Democrats tough love ahead of midterms: 'Enough moping'
There was no immediate response to an email sent late Thursday night to a Republican National Committee official seeking comment. He also warned Democrats not to get too complacent just because they've been doing well in recent elections.

Paul George commits to re-sign with Oklahoma City Thunder
James' four-year, $154 million contract will net him over $35 million each season, according to Bobby Marks of ESPN . It would certainly help if they're successful in luring LeBron James and/or concluding a trade for Kawhi Leonard .

Michelle Froome: My husband will ride Tour - Tour de France 2018
Le Monde quoted a Team Sky spokesman saying "we are confident that Chris will be riding the Tour as we know he has done nothing wrong".

Oregon State wins College World Series, beating Arkansas 5-0
Momentum is on Oregon State's side not only because of the fact it won Game 2 , but due to the manner in which it happened. But after winning their first two games here, they made a stunningly meek exit with two straight losses to LSU.

U.S. says Trump not planning to exit WTO
CNN has reached out to the White House for comment. "We think he's nuts, but not that nuts", one trade attorney tells Swan. The tariffs have also led to retaliation by U.S. allies, including Canada and the European Union.

Coli outbreak is over as new evidence points to tainted water
Earlier, officials tied eight illnesses at a jail in Alaska to whole head romaine lettuce grown at Harrison Farms in Yuma. And worse, 27 people developed hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), a type of kidney failure.

Saudi Arabia agrees to boost oil production
He questioned whether Trump's words would do anything to reverse the effects on the market of declining Iranian oil production. The Opec oil producers' group agreed to increase output, as did Russian Federation , but this failed to reassure markets.

9 stabbed in 'evil,' unprovoked spree at apartment complex
Police arrested 30-year-old Timmy Kinner in connection to the stabbings, but authorities do not yet have a motive for the attack. Police received a report of a stabbing at 8.46pm, and responded to the apartment complex within four minutes, Bone said.