FIFA World Cup 2018:Belgium vs Japan Match Preview, Predictions and Updates
Belgium will compete in the 21st FIFA World Cup knockout rounds on Monday against Japan. By winning the victory in all three group matches, Team Japan will try to build history with confidence. Belgium’s goal will be to win the quarter-finals for the third time with victory in the Rostov Arena. Belgium defeated some big names like Panama, Tunisia, and England in their group-level matches. By playing against Tunisia, he scored five goals and got 2 goals only. In such a way, winning against this team, which is aiming to reach the third quarterfinals, will not be less than a major challenge for Japan. The biggest goal for this match for Japan will be to overcome the defenses of Belgium and reach its goal post.
Japan defeated Colombia in their group level. He stopped Senegal at a draw and taste defeat by Poland. In such a situation, Japan will definitely feel pressure during the match against Belgium. Japan has reached its last-16 stage, not on its own but on the strength of its good fortune. The result of the match between Colombia and Senegal gave the team of coach Akira Nishino a place in the pre-quarterfinals. In such a situation, Japan, who lost their last Group match to Poland, has reached the pre-quarterfinals with good fortune. In such an important match, midfielder Ganki Harguchi, Shinji Kagawa, and Takashi Inui will have to work harder to defend Belgium’s defense.
This is Japan’s sixth consecutive FIFA World Cup participation, since making their debut at the world finals in 1998. Belgium and Japan have met once before at the World Cup finals when Japan were hosts in 2002. On 4 June in Saitama, Japan and Belgium drew 2-2, as Japan became the first Asian host country to play a World Cup match.
Belgium: Thibaut Courtois; Jan Vertonghen, Vincent Kompany, Toby Alderweireld; Axel Witsel, Kevin De Bruyne, Yannick Carrasco, Thomas Meunier; Dries Mertens, Eden Hazard; Romelu Lukaku
Japan: Eiji Kawashima; Hiroki Sakai, Maya Yoshida, Gen Shoji, Yuto Nagatomo; Makoto Hasebe, Gaku Shibasaki; Genki Haraguchi, Shinji Kagawa, Takashi Inui; Yuya Osako
Belgium 3- Japan 0