Monday’s 2018 FIFA World Cup action features two games: Brazil vs. Mexico and Belgium vs. Japan in the Round of 16. Check below for game reports, highlights and other key facts.
4 p.m.: Belgium looked poised for another disappointing exit from a major tournament Monday, but the European nation is still alive at the 2018 FIFA World Cup thanks to an amazing comeback win over Japan on Monday in the Round of 16.
Belgium trailed 2-0 after 52 minutes but fought back with three unanswered goals, capped by Nacer Chadli’s game-winner deep into stoppage time to give the Belgians a 3-2 win and a spot in the quarterfinals against Brazil.
For Japan, it’s a crushing defeat, especially after it played so well through the first hour of the game. The Japanese still have never advanced past the Round of 16 in their World Cup history.
We didn’t see a goal between these teams in the first half, and it was Japan who opened the scoring in the 48th minute when Genki Haraguchi found the back of the net.
Japan doubled its lead to 2-0 in the 52nd minute when Takashi Inui scored on a sensational strike.
Belgium didn’t give up, though, and showed some impressive resiliency to tie the score 2-2 over a five-minute span. It all started with Jan Vertonghen scoring in the 69th minute.
Marouane Fellaini scored the equalizer in the 74th minute on a header.
The next goal would prove decisive. Belgium pushed forward for one more attack in the final minute of stoppage time when a cross into the box found Chadli, who capitalized on the scoring chance to put his team ahead 3-2.
Man of the Match
Eden Hazard was brilliant again for Belgium. He tallied an assist, attempted three shots (one on goal), completed 47 passes, won 12 duels and traveled 10 kilometers against Japan. Hazard has scored or assisted in Belgium’s last seven games.
Belgium and Brazil will square off at 2 p.m. ET on Friday in the quarterfinals.
Noon ET, Brazil 2, Mexico 0 (Final): Click here for highlights of Brazil’s win over Mexico, and watch the video below for instant analysis.
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