'Belgium have more threats than just Lukaku'

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Belgium secured their place in the quarter-finals of the 2018 FIFA World Cup with a dramatic 3-2 win over Japan on Monday at the Rostov Arena in Russian Federation.

Hazard was joined on the field by his younger brother Thorgan for the final seven minutes of Belgium's third Group G game against England, helping to see out a 1-0 victory that secured a tie with Japan in the last 16.

Nearly immediately Eden Hazard struck the post for Belgium, but in their next attack Japan doubled their score, when Shinji Kagawa back-heeled to Inui on the edge of the area, and he had time to tee up a shot inside the keeper's left post.

Both Japan and Senegal finished Group H with four points, had the same goal difference and the same number of goals scored, but the Japanese went through because they had fewer yellow cards than Senegal.

Kick-off is 7pm Nigerian time. Japan have already done better than most in the country expected so will not feel shame if they are eliminated by Belgium.

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Now Japan stand in the path of another appearance in the quarter-finals, where Brazil or Mexico will lie in wait.

Instead, it took an altogether less glamorous side, missing talisman Cristiano Ronaldo for much of the final due to injury, to end Portugal's wait by huffing and puffing their way to Euro 2016 glory.

"Especially in 2002, it was the first time that Japan made it through to the round of 16, they were very satisfied.so how aggressive they felt about the match in the round of 16, I'm not sure".

Among the pre-tournament favourites in Russia, Eden Hazard and the Belgians march on to a last-eight meeting with Brazil.

FIFA World Cup 2018 Belgium v/s Japan will take place at Rostov Arena. Up 2-0 against Belgium, Japan was looking at a first ever trip to the World Cup quarterfinals.

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Both the teams had faced each other just seven months ago in a friendly in Bruges as part of their World Cup preparation.

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Takashi Inui then doubled the lead for the Blue Samurai four minutes later with a fantastic curling strike from outside the box to compound the pressure on the Belgium side.

Japan snatched the lead just two minutes into the second half when Genki Haraguchi capitalized on a defensive error from Jan Vertonghen and burst into the box to lash in a right-footed shot that beat Courtois at the far post.

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