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Nacer Chadli scored the dazzling injury-time winner as Belgium battled once again from 2-0 down to overcome Japan 3-2 and progress to a World Cup quarter-final showdown with Brazil here Monday. Chadli’s amazingly worked objective in the fourth moment of stoppage time was the last demonstration of an epic last-16 fight that saw Belgium turn into the primary group in 48 years to effectively upset a 2-0 shortfall in a World Cup knockout game.
The Red Devils will now face five-time champions Brazil in Kazan on Friday in the wake of scoring three second-half objectives without an answer to break Japan’s stubborn obstruction.
However, the objectives set by Genki Haraguchi and Takashi Inui in four devastating minutes had put Japan 2-0 up from the get-go in the second half to leave Belgium reeling. In any case, the Red Devils reacted with quick goals of their own as Jan Vertonghen, to blame for Haraguchi’s objective, and Marouane Fellaini both scored headers before Chadli’s sensational victor in Rostov. Eased Belgium director Roberto Martinez saluted his side’s purpose.
Martinez stated, “No negatives today, it was about getting through. It is a day to be very proud of these players. Keep believing in Belgium. In the World Cup you want to be perfect but it’s about getting through, it’s about winning.”
Having likewise left the last 16 in both the years 2002 and 2010, Japan suffered knock-out stage over the third time.
From the beginning, the Blue Samurai’s strategies were clear – badger and rush their opposite team each time they were on the ball, while living off pieces.
A long-run shot from Eden Hazard was Belgium’s brightest possibility in the initial 45 minutes as Japan kept close tabs on Belgium striker Romelu Lukaku. After a goalless first- half a large portion of the game exploded into life after the break.
Japan led the pack when they won ownership somewhere down in their own particular half.
Falling behind shook the Belgians as Hazard banged the post minutes after the fact. Japan multiplied their lead on 52 minutes when Inui released a jolt shot off his correct boot which flew past the miserable Courtois.
Desperate for a goal to get them back in the game, Lukaku headed wide with an hour approaching.
Confidence grew in the Japanese ranks with attacking midfielder Kagawa calling the shots.
It was end-to-end stuff for the last quarter of 60 minutes. As his resistance tired, goalkeeper Kawashima kept Japan in the game his agree with two spares one after another to deny Chadli and Lukaku.
At the opposite side, Courtois spared Keisuke Honda’s twisting free shot which prompted their win.
The Belgium goalkeeper cleared the ball, Kevin de Bruyne spotted Thomas Meunier plain out wide and the Paris Saint-Germain winger whipped in a magnificent cross.
Lukaku, who was checked, left it for Chadli to tap home and top Belgium’s staggering win just before the last whistle.