FIFA World Cup 2018, Belgium vs Japan highlights: Belgium stun Japan, enter quarter-final

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Belgium vs Japan, FIFA World Cup 2018 LIVE Score: The rejuvenated Red Devils will take the pitch against Japan in the round of 16 clash in Rostov.

FIFA World Cup 2018 highlights: Belgium clashed against Japan in round of 16 match at Rostov Stadium.

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.

 

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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.

 

 

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Highlights

  • 01:25 (IST)

    Belgium qualifies for quarter finals

    With Chaidli scoring a late goal at 90 4 minute, Belgium go through the knockout stage and qualifies for quarter-final and will be meeting Brazil in quarter-finals.

    Belgium 3- Japan 2

  • 01:23 (IST)

    Belgium coming with a late goal

    Belgium with a great counter-attack by Belgium after a weak corner by Japan, Chaidli scores the late goal clearing the way of Belgium to win this knockout game.

  • 01:14 (IST)

    Well kept by Kawashima

    Brilliantly saving two goals, 35 years old Kawashima, rescues Japan by saving first attempt by Chaidli and another by Lukaku.

  • 01:02 (IST)

    Another goal for Belgium

    Fabulous comeback for Belgium. A superb header by Fellaini snatching the game from Japan's hand and equalising the score.

    Belgium 2- Japan 2

  • 00:59 (IST)

    Breakthrough for Belgium

    Jan Vertonghen giving a breakthrough to Belgium by scoring an excellent goal by a header.

    Score now

    Belgium 1- Japan 2

  • 00:42 (IST)

    Japan score again

    Sensational strike by Inui put Japan ahead of Belgium by 2 goals.

  • 00:37 (IST)

    Goal!!!!!!

    On our way to another huge upset.  FIFA World Cup 2018 continues to surprise. Haraguchi with an excellent run score the first goal of the match at 49 minute of the game.

  • 00:27 (IST)

    Second goalless interval of the evening

    After Brazil vs Mexico, with a goalless first half and Brazil scoring 2 winning goals in the second half, this is the second match of the evening with goalless first interval.

    Belgium 0 - Japan 0.

  • 00:11 (IST)

    Yellow card for Japan

    First yellow card given to Shibasaki, giving a bad challenge to Hazard. Free kick awarded to Belgium, missing chance to goal.

  • 22:17 (IST)

    Playing XI: Belgium vs Japan

    Vincent Kompany has been included in the playing XI by Belgium. 

01:25 (IST)03 Jul 2018
Belgium qualifies for quarter finals

With Chaidli scoring a late goal at 90 4 minute, Belgium go through the knockout stage and qualifies for quarter-final and will be meeting Brazil in quarter-finals.

Belgium 3- Japan 2

01:23 (IST)03 Jul 2018
Belgium coming with a late goal

Belgium with a great counter-attack by Belgium after a weak corner by Japan, Chaidli scores the late goal clearing the way of Belgium to win this knockout game.

01:21 (IST)03 Jul 2018
Warning by referee to Kompany

Game getting interestingly tight, both teams going in all attacking mode, Vincent Kompany comes in with a foul and gets a warning by referee.

01:19 (IST)03 Jul 2018
Game entering into Extra time

Game entering into the stoppage time of 4 with ball withJapan. Japan having an opportunity to score which they missed.

01:16 (IST)03 Jul 2018
Another foul by Japan

Desperate attempt to win the ball by Yoshida giving a bad challenge to Hazard is seen with only 4 mins plus the stoppage to time go.

01:14 (IST)03 Jul 2018
Well kept by Kawashima

Brilliantly saving two goals, 35 years old Kawashima, rescues Japan by saving first attempt by Chaidli and another by Lukaku.

01:11 (IST)03 Jul 2018
Double substitution by Japan

In a desperate attempt to win, Japan brings Keisuke Honda into the attack in replacement of Haraguchi and Shibasaki out for Yamaguchi at 81 minute.

01:02 (IST)03 Jul 2018
Another goal for Belgium

Fabulous comeback for Belgium. A superb header by Fellaini snatching the game from Japan's hand and equalising the score.

Belgium 2- Japan 2

00:59 (IST)03 Jul 2018
Breakthrough for Belgium

Jan Vertonghen giving a breakthrough to Belgium by scoring an excellent goal by a header.

Score now

Belgium 1- Japan 2

00:56 (IST)03 Jul 2018
Great defending by Japan

Superb defending by Yoshida blocking the chance of Lukaku to score a goal.

00:55 (IST)03 Jul 2018
Double substitution by Belgium

Eager to win this game, Belgium makes a double change. Fellaini in for Mertens and  Chaidli replaces Carassco.

00:50 (IST)03 Jul 2018
Lukaku's miss

Lukaku misses a big opportunity to reduce the lead by an off-target header.

00:47 (IST)03 Jul 2018
Japan attacking well

Belgium saved themselves from going down to 3 goals after a good move by Japan, giving a corner to Japan.

00:45 (IST)03 Jul 2018
Japan coming out strong

Belgium dominating the first half, second half belongs to Japan scoring 2 goals within 10 minutes of the interval.

00:42 (IST)03 Jul 2018
Japan score again

Sensational strike by Inui put Japan ahead of Belgium by 2 goals.

00:37 (IST)03 Jul 2018
Goal!!!!!!

On our way to another huge upset.  FIFA World Cup 2018 continues to surprise. Haraguchi with an excellent run score the first goal of the match at 49 minute of the game.

00:35 (IST)03 Jul 2018
Belgium vs Japan: second half begins

Both teams coming up fresh after a break to start the tight competition in Rostov Arena.

00:27 (IST)03 Jul 2018
Second goalless interval of the evening

After Brazil vs Mexico, with a goalless first half and Brazil scoring 2 winning goals in the second half, this is the second match of the evening with goalless first interval.

Belgium 0 - Japan 0.

00:18 (IST)03 Jul 2018
Goalless half: First half over

First half over, with both teams performing well, Belgium dominating the game. The score remains tied at 0-0.

00:16 (IST)03 Jul 2018
1 minute stoppage time

With game coming to an end, score remains 0-0.

00:16 (IST)03 Jul 2018
Unlucky Japan

After a great cross to Nagatoma heading the ball into the penalty area of Belgium, slipping out from keepers hand, but fast Courtois turned and saved the goal.

00:11 (IST)03 Jul 2018
Yellow card for Japan

First yellow card given to Shibasaki, giving a bad challenge to Hazard. Free kick awarded to Belgium, missing chance to goal.

00:07 (IST)03 Jul 2018
Another attack from Belgium

Yet another miss from Belgium's Hazard and Witsel missing a long range shot, keeping Japan in a tight situation. 

00:05 (IST)03 Jul 2018
Rare chance for Japan

Japan missing their  chance to score.

00:00 (IST)03 Jul 2018
Belgium dominating Japan

Belgium continuous attacking is giving Japan a lot of trouble. 

Belgium's possession 60% while Japan's possession 40% proves Belgium is here to win.

23:58 (IST)02 Jul 2018
Belgium troubling Japan

With back to back attacks from Belgium strikers, troubling Japan a lot. Good save by Japan's Kawashima blocking Hazard's on target shot awarding another corner.

23:56 (IST)02 Jul 2018
Lukaku misses

Brilliant run by Lukaku unfortunately misses the goal.

23:55 (IST)02 Jul 2018
Belgium dominating the game

Another brilliant move by Belgium. Combination of Lukaku, Hazard and Mertens working out well for Belgium.

23:51 (IST)02 Jul 2018
Corner again

Good move played by Belgium, with Lukaku shooting but good defending done by Japanese defenders awarding another corner to Belgium which unfortunately they missed again 

23:48 (IST)02 Jul 2018
Belgium dominating the game

Yet another corner for Belgium. Vincent Kompany missing the chance of scoring his first goal of the tournament. 

Belgium 0 - Japan 0

23:47 (IST)02 Jul 2018
Corner for Belgium

16 minutes into the game Belgium is awarded the first corner of the game after a long-range shot of  by Witsel

23:45 (IST)02 Jul 2018
Belgium on attack

Good move by Hazard, Belgium intoJapna's box, but couldn't score the goal due to Japan's good shielding defence.

23:40 (IST)02 Jul 2018
Belgium defending well

9 mins into the game Vincent Kompany clearing out the ball by Takashi Inui with a very good header saving Belgium from going down early in the game.

23:32 (IST)02 Jul 2018
Japan playing to win

1 min.  Good move by Japan and a great shot by Kagawa, a little off target making it clear, Japan won't make the win for Belgium easy.

23:30 (IST)02 Jul 2018
Belgium to start the game

0 min. Belgium vs japan, Belgium to start the match in Rostov, Russia.

23:21 (IST)02 Jul 2018
Team Formation: Belgium vs Japan

Belgium has shaped up in an offensive formation to defeat Japan in this knockout stage while Japan has also teamed up and is ready to go behind Belgium and go attacking to win this match.

23:13 (IST)02 Jul 2018
Top 5 players for Golden Boot's race

With Harry Kane (Eng)  with 5 goals in 2 matches is leading candidate for the Golden Boot award, with Lukaku and Ronaldo just 1 goal behind  for the Golden Boot. Portugal is out of the tournament, killing  Ronaldo's dream for another Golden Boot award.  Russia's  Artem Dzyuba and Denis Cheryshev scoring 3 goals are next in line up for Golden Boot award. 

22:45 (IST)02 Jul 2018
Romelu Lukaku up for 'Golden Boot'

Playing for the first time FIFA World Cup, Romelu Lukaku, the 25-year-old Belgian forward, is the second candidate standing in the Golden Boot's race. Scoring 4 goals in his 2 games, is just 1 goal behind Harry Kane and has equalised with Ronaldo.

22:20 (IST)02 Jul 2018
Playing to Win

Both these teams’ last games raised questions of motivation. Belgium beat England, 1-0, even as some pundits were saying that losing was better, offering an easier knockout path. The last few minutes of Japan’s game against Poland fizzled as the teams passed the ball back and forth aimlessly. (Poland was happy with a 1-0 win, and Japan knew it was still in a position to qualify. Expect a little more will to win today.

22:18 (IST)02 Jul 2018
Belgium’s Weapons

Romelu Lukaku has four goals for Belgium, two in each of the first two games. He sat out the England game, with advancement already assured. But Belgium has more weapons than just Lukaku, notably Eden Hazard and Kevin De Bruyne. They could become even more important if Lukaku’s ankle, injured against Tunisia, is not 100 per cent. Belgium also has one of the world’s top goalkeepers in Thibaut Courtois.

Martinez has a near-full squad to choose from for the clash, with Adnan Januzaj the only potential absentee due to a bruised knee. Martinez said: "Januzaj picked up a little knock in training, nothing serious. But he's got a bit of a bruised knee and we'll have to assess him." Manchester City captain and centre-back Vincent Kompany could start for the first time at this tournament, but Dedryck Boyata or Thomas Vermaelen will step in if he is not ready. Meanwhile, Japan expects to have skipper Makoto Hasebe back in midfield and both wide man Takashi Inui and striker Yuya Osako could also get starts. However, Leicester City forward Shinji Okazaki is struggling with an ankle problem.
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