Belgium and Japan fight for a place in the World Cup quarter-finals in Rostov-on-Don on Monday.
Belgium, with its golden generation, reached the quarter-finals in 2014 before being beaten by Lionel Messi Argentina, and will try to return to the round of 16 after a 3-0 success in the group match. Led by Romelu Lukaku, Eden Hazard, Kevin De Bruyne and Dries Mertens, Belgium made fast work in Panama and Tunisia before a reserve team defeated England in a match without closing the stage.
Japan completed a group match day on the last day of the roller coaster, but made it thanks to the FIFA fair play tiebreaks. Veteran goalkeeper Eiji Kawashima has been on target as veterans Shinji Kagawa, Takashi Inui and Keisuke Honda keep up with the attack that will keep pace with the Red Devils.
The winner will face Brazil in the quarter-finals – a 2-0 win over Mexico. 19659002] Japan began the game with the intention of postponing high and hoping to catch Belgium unprepared and disrupt its rhythm. The midfield was especially clogged when Akira Nishino's frustrated playmaker like Kevin De Bruyne. But after ten minutes, the team of Roberto Martinez began to act against his physical opponent.
Axel Witsel tried a long range shot from far away in the 15th minute, but it only came down to one corner, which was easily cleared. Japan began to make mistakes in its own half and offered the Red Devils many chances, but the Asian side put enough men in the box to block all reasonably good attempts.
After twenty minutes it was only Belgium, Romelu Lukaku was in the box, but after a desperate equalizer 0: 0
Moments later, Eden Hazard, who was Belgium's best player in the first half, scored a good one Power shot from far, which was then rescued by Eiji Kawashima. Anyway, it was all Belgium, as Japan recorded.
Maya Yoshida blocked the shot from Eden Hazard in the 35th minute, and again Witsel took advantage of the opportunity from the edge of the box, but again it went high over the goal. As we approached the end of the first half, Japan kept seven players in the pits, hoping to avoid halftime in a stalemate.
Japan had a fantastic opportunity when a shot was fired but the box went straight into the hands of Thibaut Courtois. The goalkeeper was lucky that he had made no ridiculous mistake when he picked up the ball. The first half ended 0-0.
Japan shocked the Red Devils in the second half. First, Genki Haraguchi scored the 1-0 final thanks to a fantastic reward from a sloppy Belgian defense.
A few moments later, Belgium had not deflected the first goal when Takashi Inui scored two goals with a weak defense and a fantastic goal. Goal cushion. Belgium was trembling now, knowing it needed a lot more to do.
In the 61st minute, Lukaku had a great opportunity to reduce the deficit with a cross from the right, but the Manchester United striker failed to connect and another chance came. However, the Japanese did not retreat, as a counter-attack commanded the Asian team from the right wing, but the cross was cleared away.
In the 68th minute Yoshida offered a fantastic defensive challenge to defeat Lukaku in the penalty area. But finally, Belgium woke up, thanks to Jan Vertonghen's unfortunate cross into the pits. The Red Devils reduced the deficit. It was a header looking for a team mate, but in the end it went in and that's how it was 2-1.
Moments later, Martinez's side tied it 2-2 as Marouane Fellaini counterbalanced a powerful header. Eventually, the Red Devils began to play and showed their skills.
In less than 10 minutes, both teams did not retreat, looking for the winner in regular time. In the 85th minute Kawashima made two incredible stops to keep the 2-2. It was another fantastic achievement of the Japanese stopper.
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Here are the lineups for both teams:
Here are the rosters for both sides:
Goalkeeper : Koen Casteels (Wolfsburg), Thibaut Courtois (Chelsea), Simon Mignolet (Liverpool )  Defender : Toby Alderweireld, Dedryck Boyata, Leander Dendoncker, Vincent Kompany, Jan Vertonghen, Thomas Vermaelen, Barcelona  Midfielder : Yannick Carrasco (Dalian Yifang), Nacer Chadli (West Brom), Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City), Mousa Dembele (Tottenham), Marouane Fellaini (Manchester United), Eden Hazard (Chelsea), Thorgan Hazard, Adnan Januzaj, Thomas Meunier, Youri Tielemans, Axel Witsel
Next : Michy Batshuayi (Borussia Dortmund), Romelu Lukaku (Manchester United), Dries Mertens (Napoli)
Manager : Roberto Martinez
Goalkeeper : Eiji Kawashima (Metz), Masaaki Higashiguchi (Gamba Osaka), Kosuke Nakamura (Kashiwa Reysol)  Defenders : Yuto Nagatomo, Tomoaki Makino, Wataru Endo, Maya Yoshida, Hiroki Sakai, Gotoku Sakai, Gen. Shoji [Kashima Antlers]
Midfielder : Makoto Hasebe, Keisuke Honda, Takashi Inui, Shinji Kagawa, Hotaru Yamaguchi (Cerezo Osaka), Genki Haraguchi (Fortuna Dusseldorf), Takashi Usami (Fortuna Dusseldorf), Gaku Shibasaki (Getafe), Ryota Oshima (Kawasaki Frontale)
Next : Shinji Okazaki (Leicester), Yuya Osako (Werder Bremen), Yoshinori Muto (Mainz)
Manager : Akira Nish ino