Lukaku far from Belgium's only threat - Shoji

Belgium v Japan

Belgium fought back from 2 goals down to beat Japan 3-2 with an added-time goal from substitute Nacer Chadli on Monday to set up a World Cup quarterfinal with Brazil.

Having sealed passage from Group G with a match remaining, Martinez made sweeping changes to his starting XI for the 1-0 win over a similarly fringe England team in Kaliningrad.

While Belgium look the favorites after breezing through the groups stage, Japan only got here thanks to a fifth tiebreaker (over Senegal) that involved getting fewer yellow cards.

Kick-off is 7pm Nigerian time.

Mertens admitted he had not paid too much attention to Japan's matches so far because "I don't like to watch so much soccer", but he knows the Asian team's big names, and knows they must be respected.

Martinez has all his players fit as Belgium hope to improve their best performance at a World Cup finals, 32 years after reaching the semi-finals of Mexico 1986.

"But I think we saw a different Romelu in the second half with his two goals [against Panama]".

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So Belgium are supposedly on the "tougher" side of the World Cup bracket.

They now face Brazil in the last eight on Friday. The Red Devils drew with the Samurai Blue 2-2 when they played in 2002 at the Saitama Stadium 2002 in Japan.

This shockingly cynical approach evoked memories of the notorious match played out between West Germany and Austria in Spain in 1982 - a 1-0 win for the Germans in which both teams seemed to stop playing after an early goal had been scored.

As Belgium take on Japan on the third day of the round of 16 fixtures in Rostov Arena, looking for a spot in the Quarterfinals of the World Cup, let's take a look at the only previous meeting between these two nations in the World Cup.

Meanwhile, Japan expect to have skipper Makoto Hasebe back in midfield and both wide man Takashi Inui and striker Yuya Osako could also get starts.

Marouane Fellaini equalized for Belgium just five minutes later, rising above the Japanse defense to head in a fine ball from Eden Hazard.

The mere mention of it invokes a shudder in England and in Portugal, where the loaded term came to prominence in describing the teams that won the FIFA Youth Championships in 1989 and 1991.

Belgium goalkeeper Thibault Courtois grabbed a corner kick and rolled the ball to Kevin De Bruyne, who dribbled to the top of the centre circle and passed to Thomas Meunier on the right.

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