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Belgium Complete Dramatic Comeback, Defeat Japan 3-2 at 2018 World Cup

Belgium Complete Dramatic Comeback, Defeat Japan 3-2 at 2018 World Cup

Belgium scored a last-gasp victor to beat Japan on Monday and set up a World Cup quarter-final against Brazil.

Fellow sub Chadli grabbed a dramatic victor deep into stoppage time in the 94th minute finishing off a devastating counter-attack to break Japanese hearts.

Belgium are going through to face Brazil in the quarter-finals.

Both sides had their chances in the first half, and were committed to playing attractive, attacking soccer - a nice change after Sunday's action - but neither was able to get behind the other's defense with any regularity.

The last team to come back from two goals down to win a World Cup knockout round match were Germany against England in 1970.

But it would be Japan that would score again when a poor clearance from Belgium saw the ball fall to Takashi Inui who blasted a long-distance effort past Courtois to make it 2-0 in the 52nd minute.

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

Unfortunately for Japan, the lead would prove short-lived.

Belgium, which had taken a conservative approach to the game, got back into contention with late goals by Jan Vertonghen and substitute Marouane Fellaini before Chadli struck.

It stayed 2-2 until the end of injury time when Japan had a corner kick.

Vertonghen too marked a milestone with his goal, a looping header from out wide that caught Japan goalkeeper Eiji Kawashima cold. Courtois launched the ball up field and Lukaku dummied a cross from Thomas Meunier, leaving it for Chadli to slot in for the match victor.