Belgium v Japan, 02 July 2018

Score3-2 to Belgium
RefereeMalang Diedhiou
CompetitionFIFA World Cup Finals - Round of 16
VenueRostov Arena, Rostov-on-Don
Attendance41,466
Kick-off: 9.00pm local Belgium v Japan was Match 54 of the FIFA World Cup 2018 Refereeing team: Referee: Malang Diedhiou (Senegal) Assistant Referee 1: Djibril Camara (Senegal) Assistant Referee 2: El Hadji Samba (Senegal) Fourth Official: Bakary Gassama (Gambia) Reserve AR: Jean Birumushahu (Burundi) VAR: Felix Zwayer (Germany) Belgium had now reached the World Cup quarter-finals in consecutive tournaments for the first time. Nacer Chadli scored Belgium's winning goal in the fourth minute of added time at the end of the game to complete the first winning comeback after trailing by at least two goals in a knock-out game at the World Cup finals since West Germany's 3-2 win against England in 1970. It was the first time this feat was achieved within 90 minutes since Portugal beat Korea DPR 5-3 in the 1966 quarter-final at Everton's Goodison Park. There had now been nine winning goals scored in the 90th minute at this World Cup finals, compared to ten in total in the preceding five tournaments. Belgium had still yet to keep a clean sheet in their 12 knock-out games at the World Cup finals. Belgium remained unbeaten in their last 23 games (won 18) since their defeat by Spain in September 2016. Genki Haraguchi's goal was Japan's first-ever goal in the knock-out stages of the World Cup finals. Japan’s two previous knock-out games at the World Cup finals had produced only one goal (for Turkey in 2002). They also drew nil-nil after extra-time against Paraguay in 2010 with Japan losing 5-3 on penalties.

3  Belgium

Manager: Roberto Martinez

2  Japan

Manager: Akira Nishino

Goals:

Jan Vertonghen 69 G
Marouane Fellaini 74 G
Nacer Chadli 90 G

Goals:

Genki Haraguchi 48 G
Takashi Inui 52 G

Starting lineup:

Goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois
Defender Thomas Meunier
Defender/Centre back Vincent Kompany
Defender/Midfielder Jan Vertonghen
Midfielder Yannick Carrasco
Midfielder Eden Hazard (captain)
Midfielder Axel Witsel
Midfielder/Forward Kevin De Bruyne
Forward Romelu Lukaku
Forward Dries Mertens

Starting lineup:

Goalkeeper Eiji Kawashima
Defender Yuto Nagatomo
Defender Hiroki Sakai
Defender Gen Shoji
Defender Maya Yoshida
Midfielder Genki Haraguchi
Midfielder Makoto Hasebe (captain)
Midfielder Takashi Inui
Midfielder Shinji Kagawa
Midfielder Gaku Shibasaki
Forward Yuya Osako

Substitutions:

Nacer Chadli for Yannick Carrasco 65
Marouane Fellaini for Dries Mertens 65

Substitutions:

Keisuke Honda for Genki Haraguchi 81
Hotaru Yamaguchi for Gaku Shibasaki 81

Cards:

Cards:

Gaku Shibasaki 40 Y

On the bench:

Goalkeeper Koen Casteels
Goalkeeper Simon Mignolet
Defender Dedryck Boyata
Defender Thomas Vermaelen
Defender/Midfielder Leander Dendoncker
Midfielder Nacer Chadli
Midfielder Moussa Dembélé
Midfielder Marouane Fellaini
Midfielder Thorgan Hazard
Midfielder Adnan Januzaj
Midfielder Youri Tielemans
Forward Michy Batshuayi

On the bench:

Goalkeeper Kosuke Nakamura
Defender Wataru Endo
Defender Tomoaki Makino
Defender Naomichi Ueda
Defender/Midfielder Gotoku Sakai
Midfielder Keisuke Honda
Midfielder Ryota Ohshima
Midfielder Takashi Usami
Midfielder Hotaru Yamaguchi
Forward Yoshinori Mutō
Forward Shinji Okazaki