World cup updates: Belgium 3-2 Japan Brazil will face Belgium
World cup updates: Belgium 3-2 Japan Brazil will face Belgium

Brazil will face Belgium in the quarter-finals of the World Cup as Roberto Martinez’s side came from 2-0 down to beat Japan 3-2.

2018 World Cup

World cup updates: Belgium 3-2 Japan Brazil will face Belgium
World cup updates: Belgium 3-2 Japan Brazil will face Belgium

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World cup updates: Belgium 3-2 Japan Brazil will face Belgium
World cup updates: Belgium 3-2 Japan Brazil will face Belgium

Match Events

21′ CHANCE! Lukaku’s shot blocked

World cup updates: Belgium 3-2 Japan Brazil will face Belgium
World cup updates: Belgium 3-2 Japan Brazil will face Belgium

Lukaku has not had much service so far but he looks to be in the mood this evening, demanding the ball at every opportunity and putting Japan’s defence under pressure.

25′ Yoshida appears to push Lukaku but the latter does not fall down

World cup updates: Belgium 3-2 Japan Brazil will face Belgium
World cup updates: Belgium 3-2 Japan Brazil will face Belgium

Japan survive a major scare as Mertens’ dangerous cross leads to a scramble in the area but Lukaku can not tuck it home before Japan jump on the loose ball.

27′ Kompany’s effort skips past the goal

World cup updates: Belgium 3-2 Japan Brazil will face Belgium
World cup updates: Belgium 3-2 Japan Brazil will face Belgium

Big opportunity for Kompany to open the scoring as De Bruyne’s delivery finds him in room at the far post but, from a tight angle, he fails to hit the target.

44′ Courtois almost lets the ball skip into the net!

World cup updates: Belgium 3-2 Japan Brazil will face Belgium
World cup updates: Belgium 3-2 Japan Brazil will face Belgium

Heart in mouth moment for Belgium defensively as Nagatomo drills a pass into the box which is poked back towards Courtois who, under no pressure at all, fumbles the ball and has to quickly collect the loose ball.

48′ GOAL! Belgium 0-1 Japan (Haraguchi)

World cup updates: Belgium 3-2 Japan Brazil will face Belgium
World cup updates: Belgium 3-2 Japan Brazil will face Belgium

Vertonghen fails to cut out Shibasaki’s through ball and Haraguchi latches onto the end of the pass, firing a driven shot into the far corner of the net beyond Courtois’ reach.

World cup updates: Belgium 3-2 Japan Brazil will face Belgium
World cup updates: Belgium 3-2 Japan Brazil will face Belgium

Japan have looked dangerous on the counter throughout and Shibasaki’s ball through was sublime, although Vertonghen should have done.

49′ OFF THE POST! Hazard almost scores

Belgium almost hit back immediately as Mertens tees the ball across to Hazard as he arrives inside the box but his effort clatters against the frame of the goal.

52′ GOAL! Belgium 0-2 Japan (Inui)

Kagawa collects the ball on the edge of the box and pokes a pass back to Inui, who shapes up to shoot and fires an unstoppable effort into the bottom right-hand corner.

World cup updates: Belgium 3-2 Japan Brazil will face Belgium
World cup updates: Belgium 3-2 Japan Brazil will face Belgium

 Kagawa’s pass for Inui invited the shot and he obliged. Japan are in dreamland!

62′ WIDE! A huge chance for Lukaku!

World cup updates: Belgium 3-2 Japan Brazil will face Belgium
World cup updates: Belgium 3-2 Japan Brazil will face Belgium

A huge chance for Lukaku! Meunier curls a cross into the six-yard box where the Manchester United man has acres of room but he heads past the post.

69′ GOAL! Belgium 1-2 Japan (Vertonghen)

World cup updates: Belgium 3-2 Japan Brazil will face Belgium
World cup updates: Belgium 3-2 Japan Brazil will face Belgium

Japan fail to deal with a corner and Vertonghen loops a superb header over the head of Kawashima and into the far corner. Game on!

74′ GOAL! Belgium 2-2 Japan (Fellaini)

World cup updates: Belgium 3-2 Japan Brazil will face Belgium
World cup updates: Belgium 3-2 Japan Brazil will face Belgium

Hazard curls a superb cross into the middle where Fellaini, off the bench, rises above the Japan defence to head home.

Hazard has had a frustrating evening but he has delivered when it mattered. What a game we are witnessing!

94′ GOAL! Belgium 3-2 Japan (Chadli)

World cup updates: Belgium 3-2 Japan Brazil will face Belgium
World cup updates: Belgium 3-2 Japan Brazil will face Belgium

What an incredible end to an incredible match! The Red Devils hit on the counter with the last kick of the game.

De Bruyne charges through the middle, rolls a ball out wide to Meunier and the low cross is brilliantly left by Lukaku and Chadli has the goal at his mercy.

Match Report

Nacer Chadli’s 94th-minute winner completed a sensational comeback as Belgium beat Japan 3-2 to book a World Cup quarter-final against Brazil.

After a goalless first half, Japan struck twice in seven minutes following the interval to take full control of a gripping last-16 tie in Rostov-on-Don on Monday.

Genki Haraguchi and Takashi Inui scored stunners as Japan looked set to reach the first World Cup quarter-final in their history.

World cup updates: Belgium 3-2 Japan Brazil will face Belgium
World cup updates: Belgium 3-2 Japan Brazil will face Belgium

But, instead, Belgium became the first team to come from two goals down to win in a World Cup knockout game since 1970 and will now face five-time winners Brazil on Friday.

Jan Vertonghen’s looping header somehow beat goalkeeper Eiji Kawashima and Belgium’s aerial power started to tell when Marouane Fellaini thumped home Eden Hazard’s brilliant left-wing cross.

World cup updates: Belgium 3-2 Japan Brazil will face Belgium
World cup updates: Belgium 3-2 Japan Brazil will face Belgium

Keisuke Honda almost beat Thibaut Courtois with a free-kick in injury time but a clinical Belgium counter-attack, which ended in Thomas Meunier setting up Chadli for a simple finish, broke Japanese hearts.

World cup updates: Belgium 3-2 Japan Brazil will face Belgium
World cup updates: Belgium 3-2 Japan Brazil will face Belgium

Line-ups

Belgium XI: Courtois (GK); Meunier, Alderweireld, Kompany, Vertonghen; Witsel, De Bruyne, Carrasco; Mertens, E. Hazard (C), Lukaku.

Subs: Mignolet (GK), Casteels (GK), Vermaelen, Fellaini, T. Hazard, Tielemans, Januzaj, Dembele, Boyata, Batshuayi, Chadli, Dendoncker.

Japan XI: Kawashima (GK); H. Sakai, Shoji, Yoshida, Nagatomo; Hasebe (C), Shibasaki, Haraguchi, Kagawa, Inui, Osako.

Subs: Higashiguchi (GK), Nakamura (GK), Ueda, Honda, Endo, Okazaki, Usami, Muto, Yamaguchi, Ohshima, Makino, G. Sakai.

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