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Belgium 3-2 Japan: Nacer Chadli nets 94th minute winner as Red Devils fight back from two goals down

 Belgium 3-2 Japan  Round of 16 World Cup
Nacer Chadli celebrate after scoring the late winner. Photograph: Francis R Malasig/EPA


Belgium came back from two goals down to win an extraordinary game, and a place in the quarter-finals, with two seconds of stoppage time to play
Belgium delivered one of the finest World Cup comebacks to break Japanese hearts in the last 16 of the World Cup.
Not since West Germany defeated England 3-2 in the 1970 finals in Mexico had a side come back from two goals down in a knockout tie.
But Roberto Martinez's men did just that in Rostov-on-Don, with Nacer Chadli scoring a 94th minute winner after a stunning counter attack to ensure the Red Devils, somewhat miraculously, reached the quarter-finals.

Goals from Genki Haraguchi and Takashi Inui had put Japan 2-0 up early in the second half and left Belgium on the brink.

 
Jan Vertonghen's deflected cross gave them hope before substitute Marouane Fellaini headed in to level the scores.
With the tie heading for extra time, Belgium delivered a clinical counter as Romelu Lukaku dummied Thomas Meunier's cross for Chadli to slide in.

They will now face Brazil in the last eight on Friday.
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