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.
Roberto Martinez’s side were overwhelming favourites to progress to the quarter-finals after pipping England as winners of Group G but two goals in four minutes from Genki Haraguchi (48) and Takashi Inui (52) gave Japan a shock 2-0 lead.
Jan Vertonghen’s looping header (69) gave Belgium hope before substitute Marouane Fellaini’s trademark finish (74) from Eden Hazard’s cross brought the scores level.
With the last kick of the game, a sweeping counter-attack was finished off with Chadli at the far post as Belgium progress to face Brazil in the last eight on Friday at the Kazan Arena.
Belgium: Courtois (6), Alderweireld (6), Kompany (7), Vertonghen (6), Meunier (7), De Bruyne (6), Witsel (6), Carrasco (4), Mertens (6), Hazard (7), Lukaku (6)
Subs: Fellaini (7), Chadli (7)
Japan: Kawashima (7), Shoji (7), Nagatomo (7), Sakai (7), Yoshida (8), Shibasaki (7), Haraguchi (7), Kagawa (7), Inui (8), Hasebe (7), Osako (7)
Subs: Yamaguchi (6), Honda (6)
Man of the match: Maya Yoshida
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