Belgium accomplished the mother of all comebacks on Monday night, rallying from 0-2 down in the second-half to secure a 3-2 win over Japan in their last-16 clash at the Rostov Arena to set up a quarter-final against Brazil.
Belgium topped the Group D with a 100 per cent winning record following wins over Panama (3-0), 5-2 victory over Tunisia (5-2) and England (1-0).
Fox Sports said the last time a team rallied from a two-goal deficit in a knockout game was 1970 when Germany defeated England.
Relieved Belgium manager Roberto Martinez saluted his side's resolve.
"The squad is in a very good place, mentally and physically", said Martinez.
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"Keep believing in Belgium".
After reaching the semi-finals of the World Cup in 1990 and the last four of the European Championship on home soil six years later, a glowing clutch of blooming brilliance was expected to swiftly surpass those near misses and end the mounting years of hurt.
From the start, the Blue Samurai's tactics were clear - harass and hurry their opponents every time they were on the ball, while living off scraps.
None until Belgium's first goal, which was the result of poor defending, and it was then disappointing how quickly the second came. "I expect a very tough game, a game that we'll have to be concentrated at all times because they [Japan] are capable of creating problems", Martinez said at the pre-match press conference. They know what needs to be done to win.
The ball was moved downfield quickly and when Vertonghen failed to intercept the final pass, Haraguchi sprinted clear.
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Coutinho has already netted twice at the World Cup and his team-mate Paulinho lavished praise on the Barcelona man. Mitrovic's shot had gone behind Alisson and was heading toward goal, but Silva got there in time to clear it away.
Belgium responded but Hazard's shot rattled the post and Japan doubled their tally in the 52nd when Inui picked up the ball 25 meters out and fired a missile into the back of the net.
Their fortunes changed after that as Vertonghen scored a looping header to get them back into the game.
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The momentum had shifted and in the 74th, Eden Hazard's cross was met by Fellaini, who equalized from close range with a powerful header within 10 minutes of coming on. De Bruyne, who is on a yellow card, will have to be wary of any caution that could prevent him from playing the quarter finals. The African side had a lead on two occasions but never really managed to keep it that way and Japan sneaked to earn a 2-2 draw, which would prove decisive.
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