Belgium dashes Japan's dreams with stunning 3-2 comeback

Belgium scored in the closing seconds of stoppage time to rally and stun an upset-minded Japan 3-2 in the World Cup round of 16 on Monday.

After a scoreless first half in Rostov-on-Don, Russia, Japan took over for much of the second half, scoring the first two goals of the match to take a 2-0 lead.

Genki Haraguchi opened up scoring in the 48th minute for Japan, followed by a goal four minutes later by teammate Takashi Inui.

However, Belgium eventually responded with Jan Vertonghen's header across the net dipping into the top right corner of the goal in the 69th minute.

They followed that up with another header, this one from Marouane Fellaini, that tied up the game five minutes later.

Following an amazing display of goalkeeping by both Eiji Kawashima for Japan and Thibaut Courtois for Belgium, the match seemed headed for penalty kicks.

However, Courtois followed up a save late in stoppage time by running the ball out and rolling it to a Belgian teammate to start off a fast break.

It was Nacer Chadli who finished off that run down the field, beating Kawashima four minutes into stoppage time to put Belgium up 3-2 with what proved to be the winning goal.

After the biggest rally of this World Cup so far, Belgium advances to face Brazil, which beat Mexico 2-0 earlier Monday, in a quarterfinal match on Friday.

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