World Cup: Belgium Knock Japan out after Thrilling Comeback Victory

Nacer Chadli scored in the last minute to complete a sensational comeback win for Belgium as they dumped Japan out of the World Cup in a riveting game in Rostov.

After a tight, scrappy first-half, the game burst to life with goals from Genki Haraguchi and Takashi Inui to give Japan an unlikely but well deserved 2-0 lead.

With the pre-tournament favourites on the brink of a rather early exit, Coach Roberto Martinez rang the changes, throwing on Premier League duo Marouanne Fellaini and Nacer Chadli.

And the changes – in personnel and tactics – were immediately impactful as Belgium halved the deficit four minutes later with a freak header from Jan Vertonghen about 20 meters out.

Fellaini levelled the tie with another header five minutes later to set up a thrilling finale, and in the dying seconds, a slick counter from the Red Devils ended with Chadli slotting home into the net to bury Japan and book a mouth-watering quarter-final clash with Brazil. 

It’s the first time a team has come from two goals down to win a World Cup knockout round for more than half a century after Portugal recovered to defeat another Asian side, North Korea, in the quarterfinal stage of the 1966 World Cup.

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