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Belgium comes from two goals down to set a quarterfinal date with Brazil

Belgium, Brazil, World Cup

Belgium again proved why they are considered one of the frontrunners to win the World Cup in Russia after coming back from two goals down against Japan to win 3-2.

Substitute Nacer Chadli was the real hero as he scored in the fourth minute of stoppage time to complete Belgium’s return from the brink and set a quarterfinal date with Brazil.

Chadli broke Japanese hearts when he completed a move on the break, with all five goals coming in the second half of an enthralling match in the Rostov Arena.

Two goals in four minutes shortly after the break by Genki Haraguchi (48th minute) and Takashi Inui (54th) put Japan ahead, but headers from Jan Vertonghen (69th) and substitute Marouane Fellaini (74th) levelled the score.

For Brazil, it was a look of determination and no overjoyed celebration after they defeated Mexico 2-0 to progress to the quarterfinals of the World Cup in Russia.

After an open but goalless first half in hot conditions, Neymar and Firmino were on target for Brazil to send Mexico out of the last 16 for the seventh successive World Cup.

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