Belgium v Japan 02 July 2018

Eden Hazard celebrates after scoring the 4-1 lead during the match

"This Japan team shows a lot of good experience, a lot of players who have played in big leagues in Europe for a long time". Belgium may have pushed aside all in their way during the group stages but Japan also deserved to qualify from what was perhaps the most evenly spread group in terms of competition.

Japan coach Akira Nishino hopes his gamble of resting players in their previous game against Poland will bear fruit on Monday against Belgium when his side will be bidding to make it third time lucky and reach the quarter-finals. Japan emerged against most expectations from a tricky group containing Colombia, Poland and Senegal - three sides with greater firepower.

Martinez confirmed Belgium have been practising penalties, but should the game go down to a shootout, the Spaniard knows no amount of training can replicate the pressure his players will be under.

With Cristiano Ronaldo's Portugal and Lionel Messi's Argentina - both in the same half of the draw - out of the tournament, Hazard wants Belgium to reach the final for the first time in their history.

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Cape Town - Belgium defeated Japan 3-2 in a World Cup Round of 16 thriller as Nacer Chadli grabbed a dramatic victor in stoppage time to break Japanese hearts at the Rostov Arena.

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Japan only scraped through Group H due to their superior fair play record to Senegal, who they finished level with on goals scored, goals conceded and points acquired. Now it's up against arguably the most well-balanced and complete side in the competition.

Five minutes later Hazard crossed from the left and substitute Fellaini, sent on in the 65th minute for Dries Mertens, rose to head in from close range.

Then, in the 69th minute, Junichi Inamoto scored a fantastic solo goal, beating Eric van Meir before firing home an unstoppable shot.

Roberto Martinez's side were overwhelming favourites to progress to the quarter-finals after pipping England as winners of Group G but two goals in four minutes from Genki Haraguchi (48) and Takashi Inui (52) gave Japan a shock 2-0 lead.

"We have been here twice in the past in round of 16 but this is different, we haven't exhausted ourselves yet so we can create a new opportunity", Nishino told a news conference on Sunday. Even if he manages to keep Hazard quiet, there are still multiple threats.

After Russia knocked off Spain, I'm not sure how to predict these games.

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