Belgium overturns Japan and qualifies after the suspense for the quarter-finals

Belgium overturns Japan and qualifies after the suspense for the quarter-finals of the World Cup
Led 2-0 after 52 minutes, Belgium has managed an incredible recovery to bring down the Japanese after extra time (3-2). With a decisive goal of Nacer Chadli.

The lesson: the attack is not enough
Best attack of the first round (9 goals), Belgium appeared in this round of 16 with certainties on the offensive plan. The quality of the Belgian strikers seemed to be enough, especially since the Japanese did not remain grouped in front of their surface, as we have seen several times in this World Cup. But the first period was painful for Belgium. After some Japanese actions early in the game, the Red Devils have logically taken control of the game Yannick Carrasco was very offensive but has multiplied the wrong choices (9th, 14th, 24th). Romelu Lukaku, four goals in the group stage, also failed to settle the target (17th, 21st, 25th).

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For their part, the Japanese have done a high enough pressing and managed to be dangerous, however, lacking precision (7th, 35th, 44th). After the break, the Belgians spent five minutes in hell. On a deep pass from Gaku Shibasaki, Jan Vertonghen was left, leaving Genki Haraguchi to deceive Thibaut Courtois (1-0, 48 ‘). Very close to coming back in stride with a strike on the pole of Eden Hazard (49th), the Red Devils crumbled again. Faced with a completely static defense, Vincent Kompany in the lead, Takashi Inui shot a heavy shot (2-0, 52nd). Stunned, Belgium was struggling to react, with an attack down. She relied on the success of Jan Vertonghen, whose handing over lobbed Eiji Kawashima (1-2, 69th). Just come into play, Marouane Fellaini took advantage of the nascent euphoria to equalize the lead on a good center Hazard (2-2, 74th). But the Japanese did not abdicate and tried to get their head out of the water, and Keisuke Honda was close to giving back the advantage to his (83). The extension was drawn by a double miraculous stop Kawashima (86th), but the last seconds decided otherwise. After a final corner of Japan, the Belgians were getting a cons led by Kévin De Bruyne and that would prove fatal. It ended with a low cross by Thomas Meunier Lukaku passed between his legs for Nacer Chadli, who sent his team to the quarterfinals (3-2, 90 + 4). But the Japanese did not abdicate and tried to get their head out of the water, and Keisuke Honda was close to giving back the advantage to his (83). The extension was drawn by a double miraculous stop Kawashima (86th), but the last seconds decided otherwise. After a final corner of Japan, the Belgians were getting a cons led by Kévin De Bruyne and that would prove fatal. It ended with a low cross by Thomas Meunier Lukaku passed between his legs for Nacer Chadli, who sent his team to the quarterfinals (3-2, 90 + 4). But the Japanese did not abdicate and tried to get their head out of the water, and Keisuke Honda was close to giving back the advantage to his (83). The extension was drawn by a double miraculous stop Kawashima (86th), but the last seconds decided otherwise. After a final corner of Japan, the Belgians were getting a cons led by Kévin De Bruyne and that would prove fatal. It ended with a low cross by Thomas Meunier Lukaku passed between his legs for Nacer Chadli, who sent his team to the quarterfinals (3-2, 90 + 4). a double miraculous stop of Kawashima (86th), but the last seconds decided otherwise. After a final corner of Japan, the Belgians were getting a cons led by Kévin De Bruyne and that would prove fatal. It ended with a low cross by Thomas Meunier Lukaku passed between his legs for Nacer Chadli, who sent his team to the quarterfinals (3-2, 90 + 4). a double miraculous stop of Kawashima (86th), but the last seconds decided otherwise. After a final corner of Japan, the Belgians were getting a cons led by Kévin De Bruyne and that would prove fatal. It ended with a low cross by Thomas Meunier Lukaku passed between his legs for Nacer Chadli, who sent his team to the quarterfinals (3-2, 90 + 4).

The winner: Roberto Martinez, winning coaching
Belgium badly embarked, we thought a new flop for this golden generation, after the failures of the World Cup 2014 and Euro 2016. Led 2-0 at the hour of play, the Red Devils could not find not the solution. It was at this point that Roberto Martinez chose to bring in Nacer Chadli and Marouane Fellaini instead of Yannick Carrasco and Dries Mertens (65th). Well, he took some. Four minutes later, his team closed the gap by Vertonghen (69th), before his two men providentially do the rest: first Fellaini of the head (74th), then Chadli, at the conclusion of a cons supersonic (90 + 4th). The coach has certainly avoided the wrath of a whole country this Monday night.
The loser: Eiji Kawashima on alternating current
He could have been the Japanese hero of this evening. His double fantastic parade against point-blank heads by Nacer Chadli and Romelu Lukaku (86th) nearly failed to allow Japan to snatch a prolongation that was proving exciting. The Belgian counter last minute, however, was right in the event of any plans for a statue with his effigy. Especially since previously, the goalkeeper of FC Metz did not shine throughout the match. Often feverish on his outings, Kawashima is far from being imperial on the action ending in reducing the gap Vertonghen, on which he is lobbed. Helpless, however, on the other two Belgian goals, the Japanese goalkeeper, like his teammates, probably hoped for a completely different end to this crazy meeting.

 

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