Belgium vs. Japan - Football Match Report

Mae Harvey
July 3, 2018

Belgium and Japan set up this last 16 clash in differing, but equally odd, circumstances. Belgium's second string beat England's second string in a game that no one was entirely sure they wanted to win.

With Japan pressing for a victor, Belgium broke free in injury time and striker Romelu Lukaku dummied for the ball to run free to Chadli who slammed home the last-gasp victor.

Belgium will play Brazil in the quarter finals on Friday (July 6). And despite dominating possession, Belgium failed to create many other quality chances while Japan looked unsafe throughout the first half on the counter-attack.

The last 10 minutes of Japan's final group game against Poland were nothing short of farcical.

Belgium gradually got the upper hand, and Romelu Lukaka had a couple of shots deflected wide, a Hazard effort was punched away by Kawashima and there was constant threat in and around the Japanese penalty area.

Belgium and Japan have met each other in the group stages of 2002 World Cup with the match ending 2-2.

Genki Haraguchi capitalised on an error from Tottenham defender Jan Vertonghen and fired a low shot past Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois three minutes after the restart.

Belgium vs Japan Live Score FIFA World Cup 2018 Live Streaming: He doesn't speak their language.

Japan took the lead when they won possession deep in their own half.

Marouane Fellaini equalized for Belgium just five minutes later, rising above the Japanse defense to head in a fine ball from Eden Hazard.

The center back headed a ball across goal that flew over the head of Japan keeper Eiji Kawashima and nestled into the top corner of the net to make it 2-1 in the 69th minute. Courtois launched the ball up field and Lukaku dummied a cross from Thomas Meunier, leaving it for Chadli to slot in for the match victor.

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