Belgium vs Japan, FIFA World Cup 2018 highlights: Belgium started the match in Rostov against Japan. Both teams gave an excellent competition, Japan was leading by 2-0 with the game into the 54th minute but Belgium recovered well. Belgium dominating the first half, the second half belonged to Japan scoring 2 goals within 10 minutes of the interval. Belgium scored back to back 2 goals equalising the score. But Belgium with a counter-attack at 90+4 minutes after Japan’s weak corner, Chaidli scored the winning goal for Belgium. Belgium winning by 3-2, qualified for quarter-finals.
Belgium is another heavyweight apart from France, and England, who are still left in the tournament. The rejuvenated Red Devils will take the pitch against Japan in the round of 16 clash in Rostov. Romelu Lukaku, the 25-year-old Belgian forward, playing his third match of the tournament has scored 4 goals till now and is 1 goal behind Harry Kane (England) in race for Golden Boot.
Belgium eye for the quarter-finals for only the second time in the World Cup since 1986. As for the Blue Samurais they have never reached the final eight appearing in last 16 twice previously. Belgium impressed in the group stage, scoring nine goals.
However, their concern would be the yellow carded players Thomas Meunier, Jan Vertonghen, Kevin De Bruyne, Youri Tielemans and Leander Dendoncker. Any player amongst the listed if gets another card will miss the last eight. Japan’s Kawashima, Hasebe, Tomoaki Makino and Takashi Inui are in the same position.