Federation Internationale de Football Association 2018: Belgium script extraordinary comeback to beat Japan 3-2

Eden Hazard celebrates after scoring the 4-1 lead during the match

They finished with the highest number of goals in the group stages. The Europeans then went on to top Group G after edging past England 1-0 even after making eight changes to their line-up. Nevertheless, the Samurai Blue should not be underestimated, having earned a shock win over the talented Colombians in their Group H opener.

Japan have impressed so far in Russian Federation with a 2-1 win over Colombia and a 2-2 draw in an entertaining match against Senegal before a 0-1 defeat to Poland.

When the mood takes him, Mertens is utterly ruthless in front of goal and he has netted 56 goals overall in the past two seasons with Napoli in Italy's Serie A.

Belgium has played Japan before at the World Cup.

Japan is the smaller side here but has some talent that is capable of getting free in the offensive zone, while Belgium has only slowed down its offense through three matches when the situation dictated it against England.

Will the LIVE telecast of Belgium vs Japan Football Match Available in India? They were also hammered 4-1 in the EAFF East Asian Cup by South Korea in December.

Belgium's forward Eden Hazard (centre) fights for the ball with Japan's midfielder Makoto Hasebe (left) and midfielder Gaku Shibasaki during their 2018 World Cup round of 16 match at the Rostov Arena in Rostov-On-Don on July 2, 2018.

Kagawa, who has 31 global goals, is likely to play as a playmaker behind the lone striker in Nishino's favored 4-2-3-1 formation. What Japan did got them to the round of 16, as the sole representative from Asia.

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Seeking to release at least some of the pressure continually building around his squad, Martinez tried to claim after the win over Gareth Southgate's side in Kaliningrad that this is hardly the last opportunity for Belgium to make an impact on the big stage. Japan have already done better than most in the country expected so will not feel shame if they are eliminated by Belgium.

But when asked whether the attacking trio is the World Cup's most feared, Mertens played the modesty card. The result saw both sides progress at Algeria's expense.

Roberto Martinez brings back nearly all of his regular starters back.

The Red Devils will face five-time champions Brazil in Kazan on Friday after scoring three second-half goals without reply to break Japan's dogged resistance.

Attacking midfielders Genki Haraguchi, Shinji Kagawa and Takashi Inui will have important roles to play just behind striker Yuya Osako.

After a goalless first half, Belgium captain Marc Wilmots gave his side the lead in the 57th minute with a brilliant overhead kick - only for Japan to equalise just two minutes later, as Takayuki Suzuki capitalised on a misjudgement by Jacky Peeters to prod the ball home.

However, the Red Devils responded with quick goals of their own as Jan Vertonghen, at fault for Haraguchi's goal, and Marouane Fellaini both scored headers before Chadli's dramatic victor in Rostov.

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