3 Belgium - Japan 2
2018/07/02 | 20:00| Group A| Rostov Arena, | Full Time|

As it happened: Belgium 3-2 Japan

2018-07-02 22:00
Last Updated at 12:02
02 Jul 22:27

That is all folks, sad day for Japan but a joyful evening for the Belgians.

Incredible match!

Thank you for choosing Sport24 to catch this epic Round of 16 Soccer World Cup clash between Belgium and Japan.

Enjoy the rest of your evening!

02 Jul 22:25


Sweden v Switzerland 16:00 (SA time)
Colombia v England 20:00 (SA time)

02 Jul 22:18
Belgium will meet tournament favourites Brazil on Friday, July 6 after the South America's won 2-0 against Mexico this afternoon.
02 Jul 22:17
02 Jul 22:14

This is the first time a side has come from 2-0 down to win in the knockout stages since 1970, when Germany FR beat England 3-2. 

It has only happened six times in history, including 'The Miracle of Berne' Final of 1954, when Germany FR beat Hungary.

02 Jul 22:13
Eden Hazard has been named the Man of the Match
02 Jul 22:05

Belgium coach Roberto Martinez in a post-match television interview: 

"Well, that’s what happens in the World Cup. You have to congratulate Japan, they played the perfect game. They were so solid, they frustrated us, then they were clinical on the counter. And it was a test of the team. The reaction of everyone wanting to get back in the game. To win the game tells you everything about this group of players.No negative things, believe me. Today was about going through, and we did that. Today was a day to be proud of this group of players. Keep believing. These players can. In the World Cup sometimes you want to be perfect. Football is about winning and the boys showed an incredible winning mentality today."

02 Jul 22:01

FULL-TIME: Belgium 3-2 Japan

What a game. What a comeback.

02 Jul 22:00

At the the death, Chadli sends the Red Devils to the quarter-final. Courtois catches the Japan corner-kick throws the ball out to De Bruyne. After pushing forward, he eventually passes it to Meunier, who is in a lot of space on the right. He puts in a low cross which Lukaku dummies and Chadli easily taps it home.

02 Jul 21:57
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93' HONDA! What a dipping strike. Courtois again with a vital save. Sweetest of strikes. 
02 Jul 21:49
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90' CHANCE! Courtois in full stretch as a deflected cross is goal-bound. 

Sigh of relief.

02 Jul 21:46
87' Jan Vertonghen darts forward and the ball is cleared into his path, he looks up and strikes a low hard strike towards the target. Eiji Kawashima punches it away.
02 Jul 21:44
85' DOUBLE SAVE! Chadli and Lukaku see their efforts saved by Japan's Kawashima
02 Jul 21:41
82' A Japanese double substitution: Shibasaki comes off for Yamaguchi, and Honda comes on for Haraguchi. 
02 Jul 21:38
78' Assist from Stats on the pitch: Belgium are the first nation to come from two goals behind to equalise in a knockout stage match at the #WorldCup since the Netherlands against Brazil in 1994. #BRA went on to win that match 3-2
02 Jul 21:38
02 Jul 21:34
Incredible comeback. Fellaini, fresh from the substitutes bench heads home from a Hazard cross. Game on! 
02 Jul 21:33
02 Jul 21:29
An unintentional Vertonghen header sneaks into the far corner ... Strange but I'm sure Belgium will take it.
02 Jul 21:28


02 Jul 21:26
64' Belgium need two goals in 25 minutes so Roberto Martinez brings on Marouane Fellaini and Nacer Chadli.
02 Jul 21:20
62' LUKAKU! The lanky forward misses a peach of a chance as he sees his glancing header miss the target by inches.
02 Jul 21:18
57' Statistic assist by Opta: The last team to come from two goals down to win a World Cup knockout round match were Germany against England in 1970.
02 Jul 21:15
02 Jul 21:12

Long range effort from Inui sees Japan double their lead.

Shocking! Courtois beaten again. Blimey!

02 Jul 21:10
02 Jul 21:07
Haraguchi gives Japan a shock lead, early in the second-half ...
02 Jul 21:07
02 Jul 21:04
45' Second-half is underway ...
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44' Woah! Nagatoma sees his shot go straight towards Osako and the striker is clearly not expecting the ball to come towards him. He lets a soft touch on to ball which Courtois attempts to gather before letting the ball slip through his gloves. However, the keeper is quick to turn around and grab the ball before it crosses the line. 

02 Jul 20:42
40' Japan haven't seen much of the ball other than clearing it out of the danger area.
02 Jul 20:41
02 Jul 20:37
36' Hazard is into space and on the edge of the penalty area he cuts to the right to look for space and lets one go only to see his shot hitting Yoshida.
02 Jul 20:35
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02 Jul 20:32
31' Kagawa goes wide on the left flank and knocks a back-heel for Nagatomo who crosses it in from the left, and Inui heading straight at Courtois.
02 Jul 20:29
27' Interesting sight as ALL 11 Japan players are always in the box when Belgium are in attack. 
02 Jul 20:27
25' CHANCE! Mertens puts a cross in towards Lukaku, who from five yards out fluffs his finish. A real shame that one.
02 Jul 20:26
22' Japan struggling to cope with the size and pace of this Belgium team. Sooner or later the Red Devils will take the lead.
02 Jul 20:22
18' Surprisingly Hasebe does well enough job on Lukaku who chests the ball and looks to turn to further attack the space but the defender is not having it and deals with it intently.