Last-gasp Chadli strike completes incredible Belgium comeback win over Japan

Japan squeezed into the last 16

With nine goals so far in Russia, Belgium are the World Cup's top-scoring team. Nacer Chadli went on to net the victor in the dying moments of injury time.

Cape Town - Belgium defeated Japan 3-2 in a World Cup Round of 16 thriller as Nacer Chadli grabbed a dramatic victor in stoppage time to break Japanese hearts at the Rostov Arena.

Genki Haraguchi broke the deadlock for Japan three minutes into the second stanza with a low strike from the right side of the box following a quick counter-attack.

Belgium are looking to reach the quarter-finals for only the second time since 1986, while Japan have never reached the last eight of the tournament, appearing at this stage two times previously. The keeper then launched the ball to Kevin De Bruyne, who made a beeline through the field before finding Meunier, whose cross was met by Chadli for the victor.

The European side enjoyed more possession and attacking opportunities in the first half.

Belgium responded but Hazard's shot rattled the post and Japan doubled their tally in the 52nd when Inui picked up the ball 25 metres out and fired a missile into the back of the net.

Belgium started off their World Cup in great fashion as they thumped Panama 3-0 courtesy of Dries Mertens and a Romelu Lukaku brace.

Unfortunately for Japan, the lead would prove short-lived.

After the shock of the two goals, Lukaka had a glancing header wide before defender Jan Vertonghen popped up with a header in the 69th minute which looped over Eiji Kawashima in goal. Vertonghen made amends for making the error that gifted Japan its opening goal.

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



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