LIVE: Belgium vs. Japan | World Cup 2018
The World Cup’s Round of 16 is upon us. Favourites Brazil beat Mexico to hand them a seventh successive exit at the round of 16, while Belgium play Asia’s only representative: Japan.
Belgium will be looking to carry their tremendous form from the group stage into the knockout rounds of the FIFA World Cup, starting with their last 16 clash with Japan at the Rostov Arena.
Romelu Lukaku has had a tremendous start to the tournament, netting four goals in the group stage despite missing the Red Devils’ 1-0 win over England. With the likes of Kevin de Bruyne, Eden Hazard and Dries Mertens supporting him in attack, it will take some effort for Japan to nullify the Manchester United striker.
Keisuke Honda became the first Japanese player to score at three World Cups when he netted a vital equaliser in the 2-2 draw against Senegal, which ultimately proved decisive in Japan’s quest to qualify for the last 16. Having played a bit-part role in this World Cup so far, it is unclear how much he will feature against Belgium, but his experience might prove vital in this crunch encounter.