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Belgium vs Japan Live Score, FIFA World Cup 2018: Belgium 0-0 Japan | Football News


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10′ – Kevin De Bruyne with a good through pass for Dries Mertens into the Japan box, but it turned out to be a tad fast for the striker. Goal kick for Japan

10′ – Takashi Inui’s cross-in to the middle of Belgium penalty area was headed out by Vincent Kompany

7′ – Attacking start from Japan. Won a throw-in on the left side of the Belgium box

4′ – Free-kick for Belgium. Taken a short one, but failed to enter Japan’s final third

1′ – Shinji Kagawa’s left-footer from the edge of Belgium area went just wide of the goal. First shot on goal of the match came from Japan

Here we go….
KICK-OFF TIME

*Time for National Anthems*

*Belgium made as many as ten changes in the starting line-up, while Japan made six changes. That’s a total 16 changes. WOW!

* The record for most changes in a World Cup starting line-up is with Spain, who made 11 changes against Saudi Arabia in 2006 World Cup

Starting line-ups


Belgium: Thibaut Courtois; Toby Alderweireld, Vincent Kompany, Jan Vertonghen; Thomas Meunier, Axel Witsel, Kevin De Bruyne, Yannick Carrasco; Eden Hazard (capt), Dries Mertens; Romelu Lukaku. Coach: Roberto Martinez (ESP)

Japan: Eiji Kawashima; Hiroki Sakai, Maya Yoshida, Gen Shoji, Yuto Nagatomo; Makoto Hasebe (capt), Gaku Shibasaki; Genki Haraguchi, Shinji Kagawa, Takashi Inui; Yuya Osako. Coach: Akira Nishino (JPN)

Referee: Malang Diedhiou (SEN)

TEAM NEWS

Belgium central defender Vincent Kompany returned to the lineup to face Japan in their last 16 clash for his first start at the tournament after picking up a groin strain in a warm-up match a month ago. Kompany, Belgium’s veteran defensive talisman, comes in for Dedryck Boyata and will be partnered by Jan Vertonghen and Toby Alderweireld in a back three while playmaker Eden Hazard retains the captaincy. Romelu Lukaku is also back as the central striker, with coach Roberto Martinez recalling his biggest name players after fielding practically a reserve team in their 1-0 win over England in their final Group G game.

Japan manager Akira Nishino has picked the same 11 players that drew 2-2 against Senegal in their penultimate group game, restoring Shinji Kagawa, Takashi Inui, Genki Haraguchi and Yuya Osako as his side target reaching the quarter-finals for the first time after failing twice in the last 16. Nishino had been criticised for rotating his squad and for his negative tactics in Japan’s 0-1 defeat by Poland in their final Group H game that saw them scrape into the second round.

Hello and welcome to the live coverage of Round of 16 match between Belgium and Japan. The match starts at 23:30 IST.



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