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World Cup 2018: ‘Japan played like warriors’ – Blue Samurais win hearts

Japan suffered a heartbreak as a stoppage time goal from Nacer Chadli helped Belgium win 3-2 on Monday. The victory means Belgium will now face Brazil in the quarter-finals.

Chadli capped a comeback from a two-goal deficit when he scored in the fourth minute of injury time to give Belgium the victory.

Japan led 2-0 on early second-half goals by Genki Haraguchi and Takashi Inui.

Jan Vertonghen then scored with a looping header that appeared to be a cross but dropped in under the crossbar in the 69th minute. Substitute Marouane Fellaini headed in another from Eden Hazard’s cross in the 74th.

Chaldi, who came on as a substitute in the 65th, decided it in injury time.

Belgium goalkeeper Thibault Courtois grabbed a corner kick and rolled the ball to Kevin De Bruyne, who dribbled to the top of the center circle and passed to Thomas Meunier on the right. Meunier one-timed the ball across the area and Romelu Lukaku let it roll by for Chaldi to tap in with his left foot from 7 yards.

The end-to-end attack took only 10 seconds.

Belgium is the first team to overturn a two-goal deficit in a World Cup knockout match since West Germany beat England in extra time at the 1970 tournament.

The Asian side crashed out of World Cup 2018 but it was not before they gave Belgium a scare. Their performance earned them widespread praise on social media as they were hailed as “warriors.”

 

 

 

News credit : Indiatoday

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