Belgium to take on Brazil after dispatching Japan

In a match that put Belgians’ emotions through the mangle the Belgian national squad came from 2-0 down to win their first match of the knock-out stage of the world cup against Japan 3-2.

Shortly after half time, in the 48th minute Japan forged ahead with Haraguchi scoring first for Japan.  Inui then took Japan 2-0 ahead in the 52nd minute.  Belgian hopes plunged as they feared missing their date with destiny and a match against Brazil next. Here nobody could understand what was happening after the Red Devils, managed by Roberto Martinez, impressed during the group stage dispatching all comers and finishing top of their group.

Belgium succeeded in coming back into the match in the 69th minute when Japan failed to deal with a corner and Vertonghen looped a header over Kawashima and into the net.  The power of an entire nation wished its team ahead allowing Hazard to curl a superb cross into the middle and give Fellaini the chance to equalise.  With the score 2-2 Belgium had everything to play for.  Nerves across the land were getting frayed, but in the fourth minute of injury time Chadli put us all out of our misery taking Belgium 3-2 ahead and into the final 8 with the last ball of the game.  De Bruyne had charged through the middle, rolled the ball out to Meunier so that Chadli had the goal at his mercy.

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