Belgium players raring to go after England rest - Martinez

Belgium's Eden Hazard celebrates after scoring his side's fourth goal during the group G match between Belgium and Tunisia at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Spartak Stadium in Moscow Russia Saturday

After beating England 1-0 in Kaliningrad to top Group G, Belgium booked a meeting with the Samurai Blue in Rostov-on-Don, with a place in the quarter-finals up for grabs.

Belgium will take on Japan in the 2018 World Cup Round of 16 encounter seeking a 3rd quarterfinal berth on Monday, with kick off at 2000hrs (Zim Time) at the Rostov Arena in Rostov-na-Donu.

On the other hand, it was fair-play points which took Japan to the knockout stage.

Kick-off is 7pm Nigerian time.

And Vertonghen's strike was definitely that, a looping header from nearly outside the box, and intentional or not, Belgium were level in the 69th minute.

Many fans feel as though this may be Belgium's best chance to go as far as possible with the players they have - to fall at this stage would be disastrous. After being two goals up, Japan's tournament is over.

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Belgium have gone past the last 16 on two previous occasions, reaching the quarter-finals four years ago in Brazil and the semi-finals in 1986 when they were beaten by a Diego Maradona-inspired Argentina.

Relieved Belgium manager Roberto Martinez saluted his side's resolve. The win saw Belgium continue their 22-match unbeaten run - the longest in their history - and reflected the class and depth of this hugely-talented side. They then beat England with a second-string team, thanks to a brilliant individual goal by Adnan Januzaj, although the Three Lions made eight changes themselves.

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. For Japan, Akira Nashino will bring back in playmakers Shinji Kagawa and Takashi Inui, captain Makoto Hasebe and perhaps striker Yuya Osaka who has impressed with regular goal scorer Shinji Okazaki battling back to fitness.

It is the first big competitive test of Martinez's two years of trying to turn a "golden generation" of individual talents with big egos at club level into a national side which can finally live up to its top-five Federation Internationale de Football Association world ranking. The Manchester City skipper has not played a single minute in the cup but has the backing of the management to feature during the crucial knock out phase of the World Cup.

Keisuke Honda's 30-metre free-kick was parried away by Courtois in stoppage time before the keeper launched the ball to Kevin De Bruyne to make a beeline upfield before finding Meunier, whose cross was met by Chadli for the victor.

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