Belgium and Japan battle it out of the Round of 16 match of 2018 FIFA World Cup at the Rostov Arena. While Belgium topped Group G, Japan made it to the pre-quarters after securing the second spot in the Group H. Not many expected Japan to go past the group stage, but here they are. Stay tuned for the Belgium vs Japan football match live score updates.
Belgium not only finished unbeaten in the group stage but won all their three matches. Belgium opened their campaign with a 3-0 win over Panama and then followed it with a 5-2 drubbing of Tunisia. In their last group game, Belgium outplayed England 1-0 despite resting some of the top players. Meanwhile, Vincent Kompany is expected to make a comeback as well after successfully recovering from an injury.
Japan, on the other hand, stunned Colombia in their opening game 2-1. In their next match, the Japanese were held to 2-2 draw by Senegal. However, in their last group stage outing, Japan were handed a 0-1 defeat by Poland. Meanwhile, Japan is likely to go with the unchanged starting line-up.
Belgium probable starting XI: Thibaut Courtois, Jan Vertonghen, Vincent Kompany, Toby Alderweireld, Axel Witsel, Kevin De Bruyne, Yannick Carrasco, Thomas Meunier, Dries Mertens, Eden Hazard, Romelu Lukaku.
Japan probable starting XI: Eiji Kawashima, Hiroki Sakai, Maya Yoshida, Gen Shoji, Yuto Nagatomo, Makoto Hasebe, Gaku Shibasaki, Genki Haraguchi, Shinji Kagawa, Takashi Inui, Yuya Osako.