Belgium fight back from two down to beat Japan

Belgium's Eden Hazard celebrates after scoring his side's fourth goal during the group G match between Belgium and Tunisia at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Spartak Stadium in Moscow Russia Saturday

Where is the FIFA World Cup 2018 Belgium v/s Japan match? Yet another tournament at which the Red Devils flattered to deceive. Will it be the team that defeated Colombia two weeks ago or the one that fell to already-eliminated Poland?

The first side to recover from a two-goal deficit to win a World Cup knockout match since Germany beat England 3-2 after extra time in Mexico in 1970, Belgium were run ragged by a Japan side solid in defence and willing to probe deep.

However, with an hour played in Rostov, Roberto Martinez's men found themselves in a sticky situation.

Meunier kept his cool to square a low cross and, when Lukaku dummied the ball, substitute Chadli was on hand to sweep Belgium into an unlikely quarter-final meeting with Brazil.

"I think you have to be prepared for everything", he said.

"That now gives them the belief and it's a powerful thing to have". "You have to do something and find a way and boy did he do it".

"They are a world class team and it's a fantastic challenge for us to be facing them", Nishino said of Belgium.

But Martinez would only concentrate on the positives after their remarkable win on Monday.

"The goalkeeper is 10cm smaller than me", he said.

"The group is in a very good moment mentally and physically, the players are desperate to be on the pitch", Martinez told a news conference.




"This is for everyone in Belgium". This is for everyone in Belgium - keep believing in them.

"This is what can happen in World Cup games", said the Spaniard, who was hired after a side packed with Premier League talent collapsed against Wales in the Euro 2016 quarterfinal.

And Vertonghen's strike was definitely that, a looping header from nearly outside the box, and intentional or not, Belgium were level in the 69th minute. He has one goal and one assist to his name at the 2018 tournament despite playing only 38 minutes. While Belgium look the favorites after breezing through the groups stage, Japan only got here thanks to a fifth tiebreaker (over Senegal) that involved getting fewer yellow cards.

"This is the most staggering World Cup ever", said former Chelsea striker Chris Sutton. "Is this the sign of a champion, a comeback like that?"

It was end-to-end stuff for the final quarter of an hour.

And unlike teams like Argentina that struggled to find chemistry, Belgium have been a consistent unit throughout the past two weeks. Belgium topped the Group D with a 100 per cent winning record following wins over Panama (3-0), 5-2 victory over Tunisia (5-2) and England (1-0).

Both teams played to an unconventional result in their final group game.

In the other quarter-final in the top half of the draw, Uruguay face France at 15:00 BST on Friday.

The much-maligned Fellaini scored five goals last season for Manchester United while Chadli only played six times in an injury-hit season as West Brom were relegated.

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