Chadli's superbly worked goal in the fourth minute of stoppage time was the final act of an epic last-16 battle that saw Belgium become the first team in 48 years to successfully overturn a 2-0 deficit in a World Cup knockout game.
Belgium, boasting one of the most talented squads in the FIFA World Cup, will be overwhelming favourites to go past Japan, the lone Asian side in the pre-quarterfinals, when the two sides clash here on Monday.
Despite a 1-0 loss to Poland to complete Group H play, Japan moved on to the round of 16 because of a better disciplinary record than Senegal.
Kick-off is 7pm Nigerian time.
Roberto Martinez's side were trailing 2-0 when he brought on Marouane Fellaini and Nacer Chadli in the 65th minute, and Fellaini scored the equaliser before Chadli netted a 94th-minute victor. "Golden Generation" is a name for a group of players who really enjoy working for the national team and want to take us as far as they can".
- Since 2010, Keisuke Honda has scored (four) or assisted (three) seven of Japan's last 10 goals at the World Cup.
A Brazil-Belgium quarter-final could be one of the games of the tournament, but Hazard added: "We are not thinking about a game against Brazil".
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Filmmaker Karan Johar and Indian former cricketer Sachin Tendulkar along with his wife Anjali Tendulkar also graced the ceremony. With Nita Ambani 's graceful dance moves at the pre-engagement bash, the mother-in-law-to-be has set the bar really high.
MF Hotaru Yamaguchi, N/R - Was unable to have much impact after coming on, though was caught on Belgium's late counter. We don't know who will start in the next match, but I would like to think of the team first.
Japan's 4-2 win over Paraguay in their final World Cup warm-up match was their first victory of 2018, after a draw and three defeats.
"Belgium is a top-three team (in the Federation Internationale de Football Association rankings)". Honda, who has netted 37 times for Japan, is no longer a regular, but the 32-year-old former AC Milan player remains unsafe on free kicks.
Attacking midfielders Genki Haraguchi, Shinji Kagawa and Takashi Inui will have important roles to play just behind striker Yuya Osako.
After reaching the semi-finals of the World Cup in 1990 and the last four of the European Championship on home soil six years later, a glowing clutch of blooming brilliance was expected to swiftly surpass those near misses and end the mounting years of hurt.
Marouane Fellaini equalized for Belgium just five minutes later, rising above the Japanse defense to head in a fine ball from Eden Hazard.
Courtois made an wonderful save from a long-distance Keisuke Honda free kick and then gobbled up another attempt and fed Kevin De Bruyne who led the counter-attack that teed up Chadli's victor.