FIFA World Cup: Asian Dream Ends As Belgium Downs Japan 3-2


Asian dream at FIFA World Cup ends as Belgium recovers from deficit to down Japan 3-2

In a fast-paced match, Belgium fought back from two goals down to beat Japan 3-2 on Monday to set up a World Cup quarter-final with Brazil.

Belgium is the first side to recover from a two-goal deficit to win a World Cup knockout match since Germany beat England 3-2 after extra time in Mexico in 1970.

Though ranked well above the young Japanese team in the FIFA world rankings, Belgium were in trouble in the second half when Genki Haraguchi and Takashi Inui rammed home two goals.

But defender Jan Vertonghen made up for the error that cost the first Japanese goal, tucking away a looping header in the 69th minute and the towering Marouane Fellaini pulled Belgium level in the 74th, less than 10 minutes after coach Roberto Martinez threw him on in place of the frustrated Dries Mertens.

With Japan pressing for a winner, Belgium broke free in injury time and striker Romelu Lukaku dummied for the ball to run free to Chadli who slammed home the last-gasp winner.