Chadli the hero as Belgium bounces back to beat Japan

Clyde Nash
July 3, 2018

Belgium showed their fighting qualities as Nacer Chadli's 94th-minute strike completed a thrilling 3-2 comeback victory over Japan in their World Cup last-16 clash in Rostov.

Belgium continued to push forward and both Chadli and Lukaku forced Japan keeper Eiji Kawashima into a couple of spectacular saves with powerful headers four minutes from full time.

Belgium are going through to face Brazil in the quarter-finals.

The European side enjoyed more possession and attacking opportunities in the first half.

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Jan Vertonghen then scored with a looping header that appeared to be a cross but dropped in under the crossbar in the 69th minute. Minutes later a Kompany clearance fell to Shinji Kagawa, who laid off for Takashi Inui to fire home a knuckling stunner from 20 yards away that left Courtois no chance to extend the underdogs lead.

Fox Sports said the last time a team rallied from a two-goal deficit in a knockout game was 1970 when Germany defeated England.

Japan shocked their much-fancied opponents early in the second-half when midfielder Genki Haraguchi gave his side the lead in the 48th minute against the run of play.

Vertonghen made amends for making the error that gifted Japan its opening goal.

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Belgium goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois almost bobbled the ball into his own net just before half-time after a tame shot trickled right to him, but he managed to smother it before any Japanese players could react.

Belgium started off their World Cup in great fashion as they thumped Panama 3-0 courtesy of Dries Mertens and a Romelu Lukaku brace.

It stayed 2-2 until the end of injury time when Japan had a corner kick.

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