Belgium vs. Japan - Football Match Report

Belgium's Eden Hazard Romelu Lukaku and Kevin de Bruyne

Belgium's Eden Hazard Romelu Lukaku and Kevin de Bruyne

Belgium and Japan have met each other in the group stages of 2002 World Cup with the match ending 2-2.

Goals from Genki Haraguchi and Takashi Inui had put Japan ahead 2-0, but Belgium hit back through Jan Vertonghen and Marouane Fellaini before Nacer Chadli won it in the 94th minute.

Belgium's "golden generation" have now scored 12 goals in four games in Russian Federation ahead of a mouthwatering last eight clash with Brazil who beat Mexico 2-0 earlier on Monday.

The second match saw Belgium continuing their menacing form as they thrashed Tunisia 5-2 with Romelu Lukaku and Eden Hazard scoring a brace while Batshuayi scoring in the 90th minute to make it 5.

This is only the third time the Blue Samurai have reached the knockout stage of the World Cup, after 2002 and 2010.

Roberto Martinez left most of his first-choice players on the bench on Thursday against England, but still came away with a 1-0 victory to uphold their 100 per cent record in Group G.

Japan got closest to a goal in a boring first half when Belgium keeper Thibaut Courtois let the ball slip from his hands and between his legs but recovered before it crossed the line.

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

But as the seconds ticked down, Belgium poured forward and Nacer Chadli grabbed a dramatic victor.

Courtois had to look sharp to parry what would have been an own goal by Axel Witsel and then save a Keisuke Honda free-kick. After catching a corner, Courtois rolled it to Kevin De Bruyne, who found Steven Meunier on the right wing.

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