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Belgium to the quarter-finals via a 3-2 victory against Japan

The Red Devils have Monday for the quarter-finals of the football world cup placed. In Rostov-On-Don, they had their hands full with Japan. A 0-2 deficit in a 3-2 victory converted. The rest was the 0-0 was still on the board.

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All the goals fell after the break in a crazy second half in Rostov-on-Don. Jan Vertonghen (69.) and substitute Marouane Fellaini (74.) brought the Belgians on five-minute time alongside, in the last seconds of the added time, Nacer Chadli (90. +4) – also a substitute – a flawless counter. Genki Haraguchi (48.) and Takashi Inui (52.) had in the beginning of the second half of Japan in an unexpected 0-2 lead.

And so are the Red Devils with four wins in a row for the third time in a row in the quarter-finals of a big tournament. Therein, they have to take the Friday in Kazan on against Brazil, a match against the world cup-the big favourite that is particularly difficult to announce.

For the rest, it was already clear that it is against the Japanese, a very left-hand quantity would be. The Red Devils had in the first half of the overweight and the most of the chances, but the 0-0 remained on the scoreboard of the Rostov Arena and then the all sides, especially when outright elimination is played.

Japan illustrated that with an attack on the left just before the break. Thibaut Courtois was on a rare mistake to catch, and let the leather by the legs to slip, and then the Chelsea goalkeeper his mistake himself rechtzette. It proved to be the harbinger of a dramatic second half in Rostov-on-Don, almost the terminus for these Red Devils.

If there is a constant in the matches between Belgium and Japan, is that the Red Devils, it is always more difficult to have in advance expected. Japan is of a higher level than Panama, Tunisia and the B-team of England, where the Red Devils at half power went. The first miss after the break was immediately mercilessly. Vertonghen was full of the fog in on a dieptepass, Haraguchi took the gift gratefully, to (0-1).

Five for twelve, therefore, already had the quickly equal. The bang of Eden Hazard , however, had the goal post as the end point. Suddenly it was very dramatic in Rostov, when Takashi Inui with a dry bang, the 0-2 at the plate continued. The Red Devils had suddenly a half-miracle is needed to dispose of.

The comfort zone during the group stage in the minds of the players had slipped, proved fatal. A header of the past weeks, always scoring Lukaku went suddenly in front, although it must be said that the Japanese are also very cleverly handled. The passlijnen to the Belgian for line were completely cut off, the opponent was tactically better. Change therefore, but, and with Marouane Fellaini and Nacer Chadli was there more power and stature in the team. The coach seemed to be the Spanish game to the English variant, want to trade in and was quickly helped when a header from Vertonghen to the second pole in goal all the amenities. With thanks also to Eiji Kawashima, there is at this world cup, no other goalkeeper at such a mistake to be caught.

At the second high ball in front of goal was then immediately returned the same, as Fellaini gave Martinez his equal, and the error from Vertonghen was immediately forgiven. The tension in the previous games was missing, there was now suddenly in abundance, because the Japanese continued to patiently lie in wait on the counter.

In the final stage, was Kawashima suddenly on the headers of Chadli and Lukaku. The game seemed to renewals to be heading, when Chadli in the slotseconden of the added time on the counter-attack by the Red Devils and, by extension, the whole of Belgium to a state of delirium kicked.

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