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Belgium Win In Amazing Comeback That Will Be A World Cup Classic

03 July 2018

After a goalless first half, Japan struck twice in seven minutes following the interval to take full control of a gripping last-16 tie in Rostov-on-Don on Tuesday morning (AEST).

"No negatives today, it was about getting through", Martinez said.

"That's what happens in the World Cup".

Belgium scored a last-gasp victor to beat Japan on Monday and set up a World Cup quarter-final against Brazil.

Belgium responded but Hazard's shot rattled the post and Japan doubled its tally in the 52nd when Inui picked up the ball 25 metres out and fired a missile into the back of the net.

Genki Haraguchi kept his composure to pick out the bottom corner on 48 minutes, after Vertonghen had failed to cut out a through-ball from Japan captain Makoto Hasebe.

Desperate for a goal to get them back in the game, Lukaku headed wide with an hour approaching.

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With centre back Vincent Kompany back in the line-up for the first time since picking a groin strain in a warm-up game, Belgium had looked safe at the back but uninspired up front.

Lukaku, who was marked, left it for Chadli to tap home and cap Belgium's stunning win right before the final whistle.

This was Belgium's first goal on its comeback.

It was the whole Belgium team who were facing humiliation seven minutes into the second half as Japan opened up a surprising lead through two high-quality goals.

At the other end, Courtois saved Keisuke Honda's wickedly curling free shot which led to the winning goal.

Belgium will need to keep an eye on discipline, with Jan Vertonghen, Kevin De Bruyne, Thomas Meunier, Youri Tielemans and Leander Dendoncker all one booking away from suspension.

Belgium Win In Amazing Comeback That Will Be A World Cup Classic