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#RUSSIA2018WC: Belgium beat Japan 3-2 after incredible fightback in 52 years

A stunning injury-time goal by Nacer Chadli gave Belgium a 3-2 victory on Monday in what is the greatest World Cup comeback in 52 years.

It was the first time 1966 that a team has managed to fight back from two goals down and prevail in a knockout match in regulation time.

After a goalless first half in Rostov, Monday’s last 16 tie sparked into life after the break.

Goals from Genki Haraguchi and Takashi Inui gave Japan a seemingly commanding 2-0 lead, as Belgium’s World Cup chances appeared to evaporate.

Coach Roberto Martinez shuffled his deck, however, and after a freak goal from Jan Vertonghen, substitute Marouane Fellaini stepped up with a header to level the tie.

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And in the final seconds, a slick counter from the Red Devils ended with Chadli, also a substitute, slotting home into the net to book a quarter-final meeting with Brazil.

Not only are Belgium through to the next round, but they have done so with the best comeback in a World Cup knockout round for more than half a century.

Not since Portugal in 1966 has a team come back from two goals down to win a game in the final phases; Eusebio’s men on that occasion recovering to defeat North Korea in the quarter-final stage.

West Germany did rally after trailing England 2-0 in 1970, but required extra-time to knock out the Three Lions.

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Belgium, moreover, did so with two goals from substitutes, the first time this has ever occurred in World Cup history.

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