Federation Internationale de Football Association 2018: Belgium script extraordinary comeback to beat Japan 3-2

Federation Internationale de Football Association 2018: Belgium script extraordinary comeback to beat Japan 3-2

The Belgians rewrote the history books after becoming the first team at a World Cup to have two substitutes score in a knockout match, while also becoming the first side since 1970 to overturn a 2-0 deficit and win in the elimination rounds.

'And remember the Wales game, ' he said of their 3-1 Euro 2016 quarter-final loss. Yet another tournament at which the Red Devils flattered to deceive. "We saw that in the Euros two years ago". This star-studded lineup has it all, including Premier League stars Kevin De Bruyne, Eden Hazard and Romelu Lukaku.

Roberto Martinez's side were trailing 2-0 when he brought on Marouane Fellaini and Nacer Chadli in the 65th minute, and Fellaini scored the equaliser before Chadli netted a 94th-minute victor.

Dries Mertens has warned Belgium against the perils of complacency as they prepare to face Japan here Monday with one eye on a possible quarter-final showdown with Brazil.

"We will have to pay attention because they are used to causing teams problems in both boxes".

"That now gives them the belief and it's a powerful thing to have".

Barcelona defender Thomas Vermaelen, 32, who played for 76 minutes against England, has proven he is over the thigh injury he suffered last month.

"Japan has a group (of players) that's competitive and ready to do what it takes to win", Martinez said. "You have to do something and find a way and boy did he do it".

Belgium have a good record against the Asian teams in the World Cup.

"I'm asked this question nearly every single day, in terms of a penalty shoot-out, of course, it's something that I need to decide", he said of the likely order of takers. "It was about getting through, and we did that. And he self-analysed his play very well".

"This is for everyone in Belgium".

Japan got closest to a goal in a tiresome first half when Belgium keeper Thibaut Courtois let the ball slip from his hands and between his legs but recovered before it crossed the line.

Eden Hazard of Belgium consoles Shinji Kagawa of Japan after the thrilling round of 16 clash at the Fifa World Cup.

Desperate for a goal to get them back in the game, Lukaku headed wide with an hour approaching. Belgium haven't showed any fear at this tournament. The Red Devils are one of the more complete teams in the tournament, and should reach the quarterfinals for the second consecutive World Cup.

"This is the most staggering World Cup ever", said former Chelsea striker Chris Sutton.

The match starts at 20:00 on 2 July 2018. "Is this the sign of a champion, a comeback like that?" This time around, they'll surely be looking to seal a quarter-final berth in normal time. In an effort to go that extra match, Nishino rested several key players in the final group game against Poland.

"We are just focused on this game".

Martinez certainly had the last laugh, as his decision to bring on Chadli and Fellaini when chasing two (or three) goals was widely mocked on Twitter.

"As a boy, you dream of playing in the World Cup against Brazil so we have to enjoy it".

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