Belgium celebrates an exciting, exciting comeback. (1
9659002) Belgium 3, Japan 2
The Belgian quarter-final meeting with Brazil will be one of the most anticipated showdowns of this World Cup with two creative sides with championship aspirations this week. But this meeting will be hard to beat, ahead of him: Belgium's frantic 3-2 comeback over Japan on Monday, crowned by a glorious hurry over the length of the field and a last-second strike. After one minute in stoppage time was the favored Belgium with a Japanese team that had not survived the knockout stages, tied with 2. Japan had the chance to score the opening goal from a free kick, but nothing brought the extra time seemed inevitable.
But Belgium again possession of the ball, and suddenly it was when you see "The Flash". Kevin Du Bruyne started Belgium's quick break in the middle of the field. After a few quick passes and a brilliant decision by Romelu Lukaku to hit a pass from the center line, Nacer Chadli found the ball in full swing. He tipped past Japan goalkeeper Eiji Kawashima, and so Belgium came into the quarter-finals.
Belgium, according to ESPN, was the first team to win a World Cup knockout round after being at least two goals away from West Germany in 1965.
After a goalless first half, the Red Devils lost 2-0 after Japan scored twice in the second half in four minutes. These were Japan's first goals in the knockout round of the World Cup. It was a challenge for the favorites this summer, and now it seemed like Belgium would be on the sidelines alongside the heavyweights Germany, Spain, Argentina and Portugal.
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But the third FIFA team had other ideas.
Jan Vertonghen brought his team into play at the end of the 69th minute when he did not even head for the goal. Vertonghen beheaded a ball from outside the box, and gently bent it to the other side of the net, over a helpless Kawashima. Belgium's equalizer was also a header, this time courtesy of Marouane Fellaini, who climbed out of the Japanese defense.
The Belgian Marouane Fellaini shoots a game to the conclusion. (Petr David Josek / AP)
With Belgium still in the lead five minutes before the end of regular time, the French had two chances to take the lead, but two shots were made by Kawashima.
But with one minute of playing time left, Belgium has these runaways. Fans in Belgium broke out as confetti and streamers fell from the sky. Their so-called "Golden Generation" would stay together for at least another game.
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In what had been one of football's most memorable quick breaks In the closing stages, Belgium took the ball from coast to coast, securing a 3-2 win over Japan. Kevin De Bruyne started the game and quickly took the ball in the middle before handing it over to Thomas Meunier. Meunier handed it to Romelu Lukaku, who then let Nacer Chadli through to finish the game with a memorable goal.
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Kawashima saves the day
Japanese goalkeeper Eiji Kawashima saved at the last minute The second half prevented Belgium from taking the lead. In the first corner he deflected a header to the side of the gate and jumped to his right. Then he jumped up just in time to deflect another, this time pushing it up and across the net.
And we have a bound game on our hands! Belgium scored the equalizer in 73 rd after another header. Eden Hazard drew a cross into the middle, where Marouane Fellaini from the bank went beyond the defense of the Japanese out into the net. Belgium have now scored eight goals in the second half of their four World Cup games.
19659030] Belgium finally joins the board with Jan Vertonghen. Was he aiming for the goal? Maybe, maybe not, but a goal is a goal. Vertonghen fired a header into the back corner of the net to reduce Japan's lead to one.
Make it 2-0, with Japan only taking the lead five minutes after the first goal. This time it was Takashi Inui who threw the shot in the lower right corner of the net. Before that five-minute extra time, Japan had never scored in the knockout phase of the World Cup.
Japan take the lead two minutes after the break. Genki Haraguchi scored the ball on goalkeeper's defense, past Belgian international goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, who scored his first World Cup goal. This is the first time that Belgium comes after this World Cup.
Halftime update: Still scoreless
Belgium and Japan are in the lockers after the first 45 minutes. After Belgium's third goalless first half of the World Cup, it will continue to look like it's a team in the second half. The Belgians scored three goals in the second half against Panama and defeated England 1-0.
Both teams could not score, but both are close.
Belgium scored a goal Japan fired ten shots in the first half, but Japan, which is in the FIFA World Ranking behind Belgium, prevailed in the FIFA World Ranking with 58 points.
Awarded to Japanese Gaku Shibasaki, who stumbled upon Eden Hazard in the 39th minute
Even play so far
Belgium are the strong favorites against Japan, but in the middle of the first half Japan is in there , The two teams shared the 51-49 ball, which was strongly favored in Japan's direction. Japan made two shots, compared to Belgium. These are not the only similar numbers: The fit of both teams is 85 percent and both teams have committed three fouls in the initial phase.
Eden Hazard and Romelu Lukaku have finished the group final against England with minor injuries, but again in the starting grid for the round of 16.
Belgium enters the last sixteen with renewed motivation following the early departure of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo from the knockout phase. Midfielder Eden Hazard explained that the suppression of the best players in the world was "good for us" because it would free the heavyweights of Argentina and Portugal from the Belgian championship path. However, in the quarter-finals, Belgium are facing a possible tournament with the favored Brazilian Brazil, and the winner of France Uruguay is waiting beyond.
And Hazard does not let his team sleep in a Japanese team that only qualified for the round 16 via FIFA's Fair Play tiebreaker
"If we think that will be easy [against Japan] we can "Hazard (via the Telegraph) said," so we have to be very serious, very focused from the beginning. "
A loss would be a devastating blow to Belgium's so-called" golden generation "of players coming from the youth club system small country was developed. The group reached the quarters four years ago in Brazil before reaching out to Argentina.
Japan should be well rested during the final group game after sitting six players, a decision that almost missed their bid. The Samurai Blue have never moved beyond the knockout stages.
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Belgium (First place, Group G)
- Previous results: Panama defeated, 3: 0. Tunisia defeated, 5-2. Defeat England 1-0
- Best World Cup Place: Fourth Place, 1986.
- Noteworthy: Belgium's "golden generation" is in its prime, and fans and the media believe that this is the best chance the team has has World Cup run
- FIFA World Ranking: 3rd ELO World Ranking: 4th
Japan (Second Place, Group H)
- Previous Results: Defeat Colombia, 2-1. Drew with Senegal, 2-2. Lost to Poland, 1: 0
- Best World Cup result: Round of 16, 2002 and 2010.
- Noteworthy: Japan has won only two of its nine World Cup games against European teams. In the second round there has never been a goal.
- FIFA World Ranking: 61. ELO World Ranking: 43.
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