Belgium defeated Japan 3-2 in a World Cup Round of 16 thriller as Nacer Chadli grabbed a dramatic winner in stoppage time to break Japanese hearts at the Rostov Arena. Japan shocked their much-fancied opponents early in the second-half when midfielder Genki Haraguchi gave his side the lead in the 48th minute against the run of play.
Belgium looked visibly rattled despite Eden Hazard hitting the post almost immediately in an attempt to draw the Red Devils level. Japan again drew gasps as they doubled the lead in the 52nd minute after Takashi Inui rifled home from the edge of the Belgium box to stunned fans at the Rostov Arena.
Japan were dominating a bewildered Belgium side who were forced to make a double change as Nacir Chadli and Marouane Fellaini replaced Dries Mertens and Yannick Carrasco. Jan Vertonghen gave Belgium hope in the 68th minute with an astonishing header from an acute angle as an aerial ball rebounded to him from a corner.
Substitute Fellaini astonishingly drew Belgium level to huge sighs of relief after heading home an excellent Eden Hazard cross to make the scores 2-2. Fellow sub Chadli grabbed a dramatic winner deep into stoppage time in the 94th minute finishing off a devastating counter-attack to break Japanese hearts.