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BEL vs JAP Match Result - FIFA WC 2018
3 - 2
J. Vertonghen 69'
M. Fellaini 74'
N. Chadli 90'+4'
48' G. Haraguchi
52' T. Inui
Another World Cup classic. Got to feel for Japan here as they played ever so well to push Belgium until he end. You don't get the favourites tag just like that though. Belgium showed immense spirit to fight back and boy did they have to dig deep! 

Belgium vs Brazil it is then!  What a night! 

Until next time, this is Amit Mishra signing off! 
Peeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeep! FULL-TIME! Belgium 3-2 Japan!
UFF! Courtois gets the ball from the corner and rolls it out to De Bruyne. KDB does what he does best! A surging run down the middle and Meunier makes a good run on the right. KDB's pass is perfect and Meunier receives the ball in his stride to pick out Lukaku. But Lukaku ain't having it and dummies for Chadli to tap it in! Late drama!
A counter attack of the highest damn order!
90+4' COURTOIS SAVES! From 40 damn yards, Honda tries to curl one in and it nearly happened! Corner!
90+3' Honda on the dead ball here...
90+2' Foul by Kompany on Osako. A tackle from behind and deep in the Belgian half. Will we get a late goal?
90+1' Belgium get the corner away but can't quite break as Kagawa is there to collect the loose ball and pass it back...
Four minutes to be added on...
90' Nagatomo troubles the Belgian defence and his cross is deflected off Witsel for Courtois to make the parried save! Corner to Japan!
89' Chadli! Channels his inner Trezeguet! Jeez, the guy is tall but showed good movement to dart in on the left. In the end, he is double teamed by the Japanese defence... 
88' Meunier again has the chance to find a cross after a good move by De Bruyne to drift in centrally and lay it off for the wingback. The cross is overhit! Lukaku was there to be picked out!
87' Vertonghen now tests Kawashima! Jeez! The keeper is having a blinder! Fellaini was there to pick up the loose ball but had drifted offside!
86' Stunning double save by Kawashima to first deny Chadli and then Lukaku! Meunier's cross for Chadli was excellent and he made good use of his height to test the keeper. The rebound fell on the left and Chadli reacted well to get back up and cross it for Lukaku! His bullet of a header is tipped over the bar by Kawashima!
85' Belgium decide to keep the ball for a while. Fellaini drifts wide to put a cross in, yes, Fellaini! It's cleared and Belgium win the loose ball again...
83' JEEZ, HONDA! Beautiful reverse pass by Kagawa to pick out Honda who drifted to the left to make the run in behind Alderweireld. His shot is just wide as Belgium get away with one...
82' Sakai did well to find space on the right after Kagawa and Honda did well to keep it on the right. But Sakai's control let's him down. Just took his eye off the ball as Belgium get a throw in...
81' Substitutions for Japan

Haraguchi is OFF
Shibasaki is OFF
Honda is ON
Yamaguchi is ON
80' Corner to Belgium as KDB puts a looping cross for the duo of Kompany and Vertonghen. The resulting looping header is just wide!
79' UFF, KDB! Does well on the left to keep the ball under pressure and find a man in midfield to maintain the Belgian possession hold...
78' Kagawa had the chance to shoot but decides to take a touch and find Osako in the box. The chance is gone as Osako didn't read it and Courtois comes out to collect it...
77' Belgium have come back big alright. Literally. Their presence in the box is frightening with those big men who sure know how to leap! All the momentum with them here...
76' INUI again! Nearly! Should've take the shot in the first time of asking but he delayed it and it is blocked by Alderweireld. Nagatomo picks the loose ball and smashes it across the face of goal!
Hazard did really well to first cut in and then flick it the other way. Cross with his left foot? Perfect! His delivery is headed from a couple of yards as he leaps above Hasebe! 2-2! Amazing!
73' From one end to the other! Sweeping move by the Belgians and Meunier in particular. His pass to find Hazard on the left was neat and Hazard cut in to find KDB at the edge of the box. His shot is deflected by Shoji for a corner!
72' UFF! Nagatomo with a brilliant cross from the left that is well intercepted by Alderweireld. Osako was there to tap it in! Corner!
That was a very messy goal and Japan have only themselves to blame. Kawashima half cleared the corner with a weak punch and the ball was put back into the box by Kompany. Vertonghen in the end headed it in from a narrow angle that was hard to save. A looping header. A keeper's nightmare! 
70' GOAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAL! Vertonghen pulls one back!
69' Yoshida with a brilliant block to deny Lukaku a tap in! Wonderful ball by Meunier at the near post. Corner to Belgium...
68' Japan nearly mess it up in midfield but react well to regain the ball...
67' Corner to Japan as Meunier ran it out of play while trying to control it. Inui's cross in the end is too long after playing it short. Haraguchi was there at the far post but the cross wasn't good enough
66' A lot of height, but why would you take Mertens off? He was doing pretty well there. Chadli will provide the width on the left.
65' Substitutions for Belgium

Carrasco is OFF
Mertens is OFF
Fellaini is ON
Chadli is ON
64' OH HARAGUCHI! Beautiful play by Kagawa and Sakai and the latter's pass into the box is fizzed in well. Kompany clears and it ricochets off Haraguchi for a goalkick! That was dangerously close to going in!
63' Belgium try to start again from the back but the Japanese are good defensively and intercept Meunier's pass. Hazard picks the loose ball but his pass is intercepted by Nagatomo...
62' LUKAKU! How did he miss that?!?! Beautiful cross by Meunier as Kawashima couldn't come for it and it was way too good for Shoji to defend. Lukaku made the run at the near post and heads it wide after trying to head it into the far post!
60' Lukaku gets the Shibasaki delivery away but it falls for Hasebe who tries to keep the heat on. De Bruyne intercepts and launches it forward, but to no mans land as Kawashima watches it roll out for a goalkick. The Belgians are so rattled here...
59' UFF! Witsel wasn't sure of what he did there. Good cross from Sakai into the box and Witsel just gets his head on it for a corner!
59' Japan are knocking it around so well in the midfield now without an iota of pressure on them...
58' Japan just need to stifle Belgium now. Of course, chances will come, but that Japanese defence has been pretty solid. Chants of Russia Russia now audible at the stadium. Why not? Its been a stunning World Cup so far...
56' Carrasco with a wild shot from the edge of the box that is way over the bar and into row-z. Jeez the men in red are nervy now...
55' Japan again with half a chance at the edge of the box but this time, Inui tries too much and it's away by Witsel. He tries to maraud forward, but his pass to Lukaku is intercepted by Shibasaki!
54' Belgium have a real game on their hands now and the Japanese counter attack threat to deal with as well...they seem shellshocked!
HOLY MOLY WHAT A HIT! Inui couldn't have struck that any better! A long pass into the box is cleared by Vertonghen but it falls well for Kagawa who's control is excellent. He flicks it and picks out Inui. Didn't expect a shot, but he just shifts it to his right and curls one past Courtois! 
52' Japan are suddenly finding so much space as Shibasaki nearly picks out Osako with another pass. Just couldn't take it in his stride!
51' Meunier with a teasing cross into the box that is collected well by Kawashima who read it well. Japan now break forward again...
50' Hazard HITS THE POST!  Mertens did well to wriggle free on the right and his delightfully weighed pass to Hazard was hit well by the Chelsea man. But it just didn't have enough shape and hits the post! Amazing!
WHAT. A. FINISH. Belgium were doing well at the edge of the Japanese box before Shibasaki got the second ball after a misplaced pass from the Belgian attack. Shibasaki's pass should've been defended by Vertonghen but it falls for Haraguchi who takes a couple of touches and smashes it past Courtois! To beat Courtois from that angle! Stunning finish! Japan Lead!
47' Belgium slowly creep up to the Japanese half as Hazard and Lukaku exchange passes...
46' Belgium get a freekick in their own half as Nagatomo clatters into Mertens. A pretty start and stop beginning so far to the second half...
Peeeeeeeeeeeeeeep! The second half is underway!
Peeeeeeep! Half time! A game that has had quite a few moments of quality but no goals to show for just yet...

0-0 so far...

Second half in a few, fellas!
45+1' Mertens with a weak shot that is easily collected by Kawashima. And that could be that...
One minute has been added on...
44' Inui plays a good crossfield pass to Nagatomo on the left and the latter's shot isn't made good use of by Osako. Courtois nearly makes drops it into his own net! Jeez, that would have been the howler of the tournament...
43' Shoji does a neat little ruletta at the edge of his own box before giving the ball away. Hazard picks the ball and puts a wonderful cross into the box that is cleared by Nagatomo again!
42' Nagatomo's positioning is perfect to deny Mertens a tap in at the far post. Wonderfully flighted cross from Hazard this time. Top defending...
41' Belgium again try to use Hazard as an outlet on the left but Japan keep their shape well. Hazard has two defenders on him but still manages to cross from the left, but it's cleared by Yoshida...
40' Yellow card shown to Shibasaki for a rash challenge from behind on Hazard. Seemed like a tactical foul, but a nasty looking one...
39' Japan have done well to deal with the threat of Lukaku. Not the most convincing, but when dealing with Lukaku, you just can't be clean, can you? 
38' De Bruyne's delivery is poor as he tries to pick out the man at the far post but overhits it! GAH!
37' Lukaku tries to get at the end of a long pass from Witsel but Shoji gets the last touch and Belgium get a corner...
36' Hazard gets the chance to shoot after a good little lifted pass from Mertens. it's blocked by Yoshida. The game has see-sawed alright! 
35' Belgium try to get it forward but lose the ball again! Hasebe picks out Inui with a 40 yard pass and Inui's touch is wonderful. He picks out Kagawa at the edge of the box but the defence comes out to smother the chance...
34' Japan keep the ball in their own half before Kagawa unleashes a beautiful Hollywood pass for Haraguchi. Courtois is out to smother the chance. Good reading of the game from the custodian...
32' The play has changed a bit here as Japan are seeing more of the ball following that chance for Inui. Belgium giving them the respect they deserve while marauding forward. Shibasaki's cross is just overhit as Nagatomo isn't able to get to it...
31' Inui with the header! Straight at Courtois! Beautiful move by the Japanese that was started by Sakai. His cross was controlled well by Kagawa and his backheel to find Nagatomo was perfect. The fullback's cross wasn't headed cleanly by Inui as Belgium get away with one...
29' Possession again for the Belgians. Japan just can't get the ball here as the Belgians are keeping it really well. The fullbacks aren't moving forward and the width they had in the opening 15 minutes is gone...
28' Did Kompany just stop a goal from going in there?!?!? Nah. He tried to keep it in but the Japanese defence get it away. 
27' Belgium turn the screws here as they have pressed the Japanese into parking a Mitshubishi aircraft at the back. Hazard first takes a shot that is saved but Carrasco picks the second ball before squaring it to Mertens. Mertens' cross is sliced for a corner by Yoshida!
26' Lukaku with a good chance to test the keeper, rather score, from two yards but Yoshida does well to slyly nudge him and get the ball away. The keeper collects the loose ball...
25' Carrasco! GRR...Again makes a good run on the left after being picked out really well by Lukaku. He has Hazard making the run past Yoshida but the weight of the pass is terrible again!
24' Meunier makes a good run in the half space on the right after a smashing pass from De Bruyne. Lukaku and Mertens made good runs but Meunier tries to pick out Lukaku and Shoji comes out to intercept again...
23' Shoji with another good interception from Witsel's pass to stop Lukaku from getting to it. Belgium are starting to dominate the ball here...
22' The corner comes to nothing. Belgium though manage to win the second ball and keep possession in their own half...
21' UFF! Lukaku takes a shot and it's deflected for a corner! Good strength from the forward to hold off Shoji. 
19' Haraguchi nearly gets into trouble after trying to dribble in his own half. Carrasco was pressing on the left. Luckily, the ricocheted clearance is off Carrasco and falls to Shoji...
18' Kompany, wide! Good corner again and Kompany seems to be winning everything in the air. Surprised? He just wasn't balanced while shooting and the keeper comes out to collect the scuffed effort...
17' Meunier with a beautiful knockdown to find Lukaku in the box. Lukaku controls it well and turns to get a quick shot away, but it's deflected for a corner!
16' Belgium surprisingly take it short and pick out the man at the far post; Kompany. But his knock down is cleared by Shoji...
15' Meunier picks out Hazard after the latter drifts to the right. Good pass from the wing-back. Hazard then picked out Witsel at the edge of the box but his shot is deflected for a corner!
14' Carrasco again takes too long on the ball after a good run from Hazard. The Chelssea man did well to break forward and pick out Mertens on the right. Mertens picked out Carrasco's on rushing run. Needs to react quicker and get rid of it... 
13' Hasebe tries a raking crossfielder for Inui but the latter sort of gives up on it too early. Looked like a decent pass that. The Japanese need to do more of the same and spread play to use the width here...
12' The Japanese have done well in the opening exchanges. Hazard and De Bruyne have combined a few times but not where they should be; in the final third. Good defensive structuring from the Japanese...
11' The Belgians break immediately as Lukaku easily dribbles past Shoji on the right. He picks out Mertens on the edge of the box but his attempted cross to find De Bruyne is overhit...
10' Shoji tires a shot from his own half from a loose ball. Well, that wasn't a bad phase of play as the Japanese found the space to cross it in through Inui. His delivery was just too long for Osako!
9' OH! Mertens and Carrasco do well to keep the ball at the edge of the box after some good hold up play by the big man Rom Lukaku. Carrasco had the chance to test the keeper but decides to shift it wide and the chance is gone...
8' The Japanese advance again with Inui and Kagawa at the edge of the box but Belgium keep their shape at the back and force the Japanese into playing it backwards...
7' Inui and Shibasaki combine well on the left as Meunier was sort of caught out of position. In the end, Inui isn't able to retrieve and put  cross in as the Belgians get away with it...
6' Hazard shows a bit of skill in the midfield to get past Hasebe but Sakai does well to get the tackle in. That was good combination play with De Bruyne...
5' Sakai tries to wriggle free on the right flank but is fouled by De Bruyne. The Japanese now get a feel of the ball in their own half...
4' Freekick to the Belgians in the Japanese half but they take it short and then tippy-tappy with the ball again...
3' Nothing much folks. Belgium are keeping the ball in their own half as they probe for an opening...
2' Freekick to the Belgians in their own half as Kagawa is adjudged to have handled the ball. The Belgians manage to keep the ball and pass it around in their own half...
1' Early shot by Kagawa after a good little spell of passing from the Japanese. Belgium lost it in their own half and the Japanese did well to string a few passes before Kagawa found room at the edge of the box to get a left footed shot away. Wide in the end...
Peeeeeeeeeeeeep! Kickoff! Belgium get us underway, shooting from left to right in their red kit! The Japanese are in their blue kit!
The teams are out on the pitch to the national anthems...
Belgium vs Japan - Confirmed Lineups

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

Japan XI: Kawashima; Sakai, Shoji, Yoshida, Nagatomo; Shibasaki, Hasebe; Inui, Kagawa, Haraguchi; Osako.
Belgium vs Japan - Kickoff Information

Date: 2nd July 2018
Kickoff time: 19:00 (BST), 23:30 (IST)
Venue: Rostov Arena
Live Stream: SonyLIV

Belgium vs Japan - Team News

Both the teams made a few changes for their last group game. While Belgium took on a much-changed England side, the Japanese scraped through to the next round courtesy of fair play as Senegal lost to Colombia. Expect the key players to return for the upcoming clash.

Eden Hazard, Romelu Lukaku and Dries Mertens were given a breather and should return in attack for the Red Devils. Kevin De Bruyne and Axel Witsel will line up in midfield. Vincent Kompany got a few minutes against England and is in line to start.

In case Martinez is unsure of Kompany’s fitness, Dedryk Boyata could once again start alongside Jan Vertonghen and Toby Alderweireld.
Barring Shinji Okazaki who picked up a knock against Poland, Japan manager Akira Nishino has a full squad to choose from.

Muto could keep his place up top while Inui and Haraguchi could return to the starting XI and play as the wingers. Shinji Kagawa didn’t start against Poland and could be deployed as the number 10. 

Belgium vs Japan - Probable Lineups

Belgium probable XI: Courtois, Vertonghen, Kompany, Alderweireld, Meunier, De Bruyne, Witsel, Carrasco, Hazard, Mertens, Lukaku

Japan probable XI: Kawashima, Sakai, Yoshida, Shoji, Nagatomo, Hasebe, Shibasaki, Haraguchi, Kagawa, Inui, Muto

Belgium vs Japan - Form Guide

Belgium: W-W-W-W-W
Japan: L-W-W-D-L

N. Chadli
assist: T. Meunier
H. Yamaguchi
G. Shibasaki
K. Honda
G. Haraguchi
M. Fellaini
assist: E. Hazard
J. Vertonghen
N. Chadli
Y. Carrasco
M. Fellaini
D. Mertens
T. Inui
assist: S. Kagawa
G. Haraguchi
assist: G. Shibasaki
G. Shibasaki
Japan (4-2-3-1)
Akira Nishino (Manager)
T. Courtois
J. Vertonghen
V. Kompany
T. Alderweireld
Y. Carrasco
A. Witsel
K. De Bruyne
T. Meunier
E. Hazard
D. Mertens
R. Lukaku
E. Kawashima
Y. Nagatomo
G. Shōji
M. Yoshida
H. Sakai
G. Shibasaki
M. Hasebe
T. Inui
S. Kagawa
G. Haraguchi
Y. Ōsako
Japan (4-2-3-1)
Akira Nishino (Manager)
Belgium Subs
M. Batshuayi
D. Boyata
K. Casteels
N. Chadli
M. Dembélé
L. Dendoncker
M. Fellaini
T. Hazard
A. Januzaj
S. Mignolet
Y. Tielemans
T. Vermaelen
Japan Subs
W. Endo
M. Higashiguchi
K. Honda
T. Makino
Y. Muto
K. Nakamura
S. Okazaki
R. Oshima
G. Sakai
N. Ueda
T. Usami
H. Yamaguchi
24 SHOTS 11
13 FOULS 9
Pos Club P W D L GD Pts
Group A
1 Uruguay 3 3 0 0 5 9
2 Russia 3 2 0 1 4 6
3 Saudi Arabia 3 1 0 2 -5 3
4 Egypt 3 0 0 3 -4 0
Group B
1 Spain 3 1 2 0 1 5
2 Portugal 3 1 2 0 1 5
3 Iran 3 1 1 1 0 4
4 Morocco 3 0 1 2 -2 1
Group C
1 France 3 2 1 0 2 7
2 Denmark 3 1 2 0 1 5
3 Peru 3 1 0 2 0 3
4 Australia 3 0 1 2 -3 1
Group D
1 Croatia 3 3 0 0 6 9
2 Argentina 3 1 1 1 -2 4
3 Nigeria 3 1 0 2 -1 3
4 Iceland 3 0 1 2 -3 1
Group E
1 Brazil 3 2 1 0 4 7
2 Switzerland 3 1 2 0 1 5
3 Serbia 3 1 0 2 -2 3
4 Costa Rica 3 0 1 2 -3 1
Group F
1 Sweden 3 2 0 1 3 6
2 Mexico 3 2 0 1 -1 6
3 Korea Republic 3 1 0 2 0 3
4 Germany 3 1 0 2 -2 3
Group G
1 Belgium 3 3 0 0 7 9
2 England 3 2 0 1 5 6
3 Tunisia 3 1 0 2 -3 3
4 Panama 3 0 0 3 -9 0
Group H
1 Colombia 3 2 0 1 3 6
2 Japan 3 1 1 1 0 4
3 Senegal 3 1 1 1 0 4
4 Poland 3 1 0 2 -3 3
PMatches Played
WMatches Won
DMatches Drawn
LMatches Lost
GDGoal Difference
PtsTotal Points
Tournament FIFA WC 2018 - 8th Finals
Stadium Rostov Arena
Match time Mon, 02 Jul 2018, 11:30 PM
Updated: Jul 03, 2018 01:27 AM | Published: Jul 03, 2018 00:56 AM