FIFA World Cup 2018 highlights: Belgium score late winner against Japan
Belgium beat Japan 3-2 in a thrilling FIFA World Cup 2018 match in Rostov on Monday. After a dire first half the second half sprung into action when Genki Haraguchi gave Japan the lead in the 48th minute, a lead that was doubled by Takashi Inui in the 52nd. But remarkably Belgium scored three goals in last 25 minutes to break Japan hearts and book their quarter-final berth vs Brazil. Jan Veronghen scored the first in the 69th minute to atone for his mistake and then parity was restored by substitute Maroune Fellaini. The clincher was scored by another substitute Nacer Chadli in the 95th minute. Get highlights of Belgium vs Japan, FIFA World Cup 2018 Round of 16 match here.
01:25 hrs IST: That’s it! the full time whistle has gone as well. What a heartbreaker for Japan. Thanks for joining us.
01:23 hrs IST: GOAL!!!!! What a break by Belgium! Courtois collects, releases De Bruyne, who finds Thomas Meunier who lays it up for Nacer Chadli. Belgium record a massive win
01:18 hrs IST: 4 minutes added time.
01:15 hrs IST: Brilliant double save by Japan keeper Kawashima, first he saves Chadli’s header then he thwarts Lukaku.
01:13 hrs IST: Substitutions have worked wonders for Belgium, will they do the same for Japan?
01:09 hrs IST: Double change for Japan, Yamaguchi and Honda on, Shibasaki and Haraguchi off.
01:07 hrs IST: Who could have seen it coming in the first half, which was a dire affair.This second half has been nothing like it.
01:04 hrs IST: GOAL!!!!!! Belgium are back level in Rostov, Fellaini scores to restore parity. 2-2. one would fancy Belgium from here.
00:59 hrs IST: GOAL!!!!!! Belgium get one back through Jan Vertonghen. 2-1 Game on in Rostove. Belgium have hope
00:58 hrs IST: Close! Romelu Lukaku’s goalbound shot is stopped in it’s path by Maya Yoshida. Time is running out for Belgium.
00:56 hrs IST: Japan are not sitting back. They are going for a third and with a little more luck they could have had it.
00:54 hrs IST: Double substitution for Belgium, Chadli and Fellaini on, Mertens and Carrasco out!
00:51 hrs IST: Big-big chance for Belgium to half the deficit! but Romelu Lukaku can’t get cleanest of connection on his header and it goes wide.
00:46 hrs IST: Japan can afford to sit back now, Belgium need to do all the running in the game. To be fair they haven’t lived up to their billing tonight. Poor!
00:41 hrs IST:GOAL!!!!!! Japan double their lead with Takashi Inui scoring a screamer. Unless Belgium do something extraordinary. 2-0 to Japan
00:37 hrs IST: GOAL!!!!!! Japan lead Belgium in Rostov, Genki Haraguchi scores. Bad mistake by Jan Vertonghen. Belgium have it all to do now.
00:33 hrs IST: Back underway in Rostov. Expecting better things from Belgium, they need to pick up the pace
00:17 hrs IST: half-time and it’s as we were, still 0-0.
00:14 hrs IST: Almost a OOPS moment for Courtois, A shot squirms under Osako’s foot and the Belgian keeper almost lets it in.
00:08 hrs IST: One would have thought that it would be a one way affair with Belgium utterly dominant, but Japan are showing the fight.
00:05 hrs IST: Axel Witsels shoots from distance but his effort is no where near the goal and it ends up in Row Z.
00:01 hrs IST: Inui with Japan’s first chance but his header is straight at Courtois. Still 0-0
23:59 hrs IST: Belgium cranking up the pressure on Japan and the Asian side are avoiding going down by the skin of their teeth.
23:56 hrs IST: Close! first real effort of the match! A cross from the right lands at Lukaku’s feet but he can’t get his feet sorted and the keeper gathers.
23:53 hrs IST: Romelu Lukaku has been an isolated figure so far. Eden Hazard too has been Anonymous, good job by Japan SO FAR!
23:50 hrs IST: 20 minutes gone and it’s been fairly quiet affair so far.
23:47 hrs IST: Corner to Belgium after Lukaku’s shot is deflected behind. From the corner Kompany’s effort is blocked. That’s twice now that Kompany has got his head to a corner.
23:44 hrs IST: Kevin De Bruyne finds hazard who runs at Japan defence but in the end is crowded out. He find Lukaku but in the end the move fizzles out.
23:41 hrs IST: Not seen much of Lukaku so far, one gets a feeling that he will be key to Red Devils’ chances.
23:37 hrs IST: Japan coming into the game now, the Blue Samurais are dominating possession. Belgium happy to let them have it.
23:34 hrs IST: Belgium starting to dominate possession, they are asserting themselves.
23:32 hrs IST: Shinji Kagawa whistles one wide of Thibaut Courtois’ post.
23:30 hrs IST: Rd of 16 match between Belgium and Japan underway in Rostov.
23:24 hrs IST: The National anthems are being belted out. Home team Belgium first.
23:23 hrs IST: The two teams are out on to the pitch. National anthems soon.
23:11 hrs IST:The winner of this match will face Brazil in the quarter-finals who saw off Mexico earlier today in Samara (Highlights)
22:48 hrs IST: The team news is in, here is how the two teams will lineup in this all important Rd of 16 match
Belgium: Courtois, Alderweireld, Kompany, Vertonghen, Meunier, De Bruyne, Witsel, Carrasco, Mertens, Lukaku, Eden Hazard. Subs: Mignolet, Vermaelen, Fellaini, Thorgan Hazard, Tielemans, Januzaj, Dembele, Boyata, Batshuayi, Chadli, Dendoncker, Casteels.
Japan: Kawashima, Hiroki Sakai, Yoshida, Shoji, Nagatomo, Hasebe, Shibasaki, Haraguchi, Kagawa, Inui, Osako. Subs: Higashiguchi, Ueda, Honda, Endo, Okazaki, Usami, Muto, Yamaguchi, Oshima, Makino, Gotoku Sakai, Nakamura.
Referee: Malang Diedhiou (Senegal).
The winner of the match between Belgium and Japan will play Brazil in the quarter-final.
Belgium and Japan have played each other once at a FIFA World Cup, the match ended in a 2-2 draw in 2002.