Belgium to Quarterfinals in Extra Time: Japan Defeated 3-2. Belgium has defeated 3-2 in a match for Japan in the eighth-finals of the World Cup. In the fourth minute of the extra time, substitute Nacer Chadli tapped the winning goal.
After the resumption, Japan broke out with hits from Genki Haraguchi and Takashi Inui. Belgium came alongside by Jan Vertonghen and Marouane Fellaini. Belgium was more at the ball, better and also more threatening, but initially without becoming dangerous.
On the fists
Romelu Lukaku was in good position just not in control, and the risen Vincent Kompany just tapped past. An excellent shot from Eden Hazard ended on the fists of goalkeeper Eiji Kawashima.
Although they were always being pushed back, the Japanese tried to play out under pressure. In the final minute of the first part that almost led to a goal. Yuya Osako was able to tap in close, and Thibaut Courtois even let the ball slip between his legs, but the Belgian goalkeeper recovered just in time.
Immediately after the resumption, the goal of Japan fell. Gahu Shibasaki played deep, Jan Vertonghen missed the ball more or less, and Haraguchi shot.
With the head
Belgium almost answered immediately. In the first, the best attack that followed, Hazard shot on the post. A few minutes later, however, Japan scored again. Kompany headed the ball into the feet of Shinji Kagawa, who juggled for a moment and laid wide at Inui. That then surprised Courtois with a dry bang.
Belgium focused on. Vertonghen, after a curious defeat of a Japanese defender, and substitute Fellaini, according to Hazard, scored both with the head.
Chadli, also a substitute, took care of the decision. The former player of FC Twente rounded off a cross from Thomas Meunier after a handy transfer from Lukaku. The goal was brought in by quickly defending goalkeeper Courtois.
Belgium now plays in the quarterfinals against Brazil.