Belgium beat Japan at the death in last 16 thriller

Belgium v Japan

Belgium beat Japan at the death in last 16 thriller

One of the most exciting teams of the group phase, Belgium faced an embarrassing exit but finally clicked to become the first team to win a World Cup knockout game from two goals down since West Germany beat England 3-2 after extra time in 1970. Nacer Chadli went on to net the victor in the dying moments of injury time.

Belgium completed the biggest comeback of the World Cup on Monday, scoring the final three goals to fight back from a 2-0 deficit against Japan to advance to the quarterfinals.

Brazil and Belgium will play on Friday at 2 p.m. ET.

He promised a more attacking approach and Japan lived up his word, with Kagawa shooting wide in the first minute in an enterprising opening spell.

Belgium were expected to make light work of Japan but instead found themselves on the brink of a huge shock after going 2-0 down after 52 minutes.

Belgium go head-to-head with Japan for a place in the quarter-finals of World Cup 2018. Although it was Japan who almost took the lead right before the break, when Belgian keeper Thibaut Courtois fumbled a save on an effort from Yuto Nagatomo, almost allowing the ball to roll into his own goal.

Unfortunately for Japan, the lead would prove short-lived.

Jan Vertonghen's looping header somehow beat goalkeeper Eiji Kawashima and Belgium's aerial power started to tell when Marouane Fellaini thumped home Eden Hazard's brilliant left-wing cross.

The Red Devils were still struggling but they pulled a goal back after 69 minutes when Vertonghen looped a header from a high clearance back across goal into the far top corner.

Chaldi, who came on as a substitute in the 65th, decided it in injury time.

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