Chadli the hero as Belgium bounces back to beat Japan

Chadli the hero as Belgium bounces back to beat Japan

"In the World Cup you want to be flawless but it's about getting through, it's about winning".

It was, and they became the first team in World Cup history to progress because of fair play, having accrued fewer yellow cards than Senegal.

Fellaini didn't start the game. which is probably why Belgium started off so poorly.

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The goal gave Belgium momentum, and Roberto Martinez's substitutes, Chadli and Fellaini, also had an impact as Belgium were more direct in the closing stages.

The Japanese were ahead soon after the break, though, when Haraguchi beat the offside trap and ran into the area to beat Courtois with a cross-shot in the 48th minute.

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The Japanese defence had made a mess of clearing the ball after a punch out by the keeper, who was then off his line when Vertonghen headed back across the goal, the ball drifting in under the bar at the far post.

Belgium goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois almost bobbled the ball into his own net just before half-time after a tame shot trickled right to him, but he managed to smother it before any Japanese players could react. Eden Hazard, Romelu Lukaku and Kevin De Bruyne are all set to return to the Red Devils starting lineup for the knockout encounter with Japan in Rostov Arena.

The game looked destined to be heading to extra time but Nacer Chadli scored with practically the last kick of the game to send Belgium into the quarter-finals.

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At the other end, Courtois saved Keisuke Honda's wickedly curling free shot which led to the winning goal.

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