Japan vs Belgium

Belgium will get their last 16 fixture against Japan underway at the Rostov Arena as both side will look to secure a spot in the quarter-final.

Roberto Martinez’s Belgium side topped their group ahead of England with three consecutive victories, and remain one of the favourites to go far in the competition.

Japan were outsiders to qualify past the group stage but managed to do so at the expense of Poland and Senegal, progressing through the fine margin of having a better disciplinary record than the African team.

Here is everything you need to know ahead of the fixture between the two sides.

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In the United Kingdom (UK), the game can be watched live on TV on BBC One or streamed live online using the BBC iPlayer.

It is bad news for Japan as the Belgium side seem to have returned to full fitness, with Hazard, Lukaku and Kevin De Bruyne all set to start.

Vincent Kompany and Thomas Vermaelen are also available for selection, with the former expected to replace Dedryck Boyata as one of the three centre-backs.

Potential Belgium XI: Courtois; Alderweireld, Kompany, Vertonghen; Meunier, De Bruyne, Witsel, Carrasco; Hazard, Mertens; Lukaku.

Japan rested key players such as Shinji Kagawa, Takashi Inui and Yuya Osako in the 1-0 loss to Poland in their final fixture and so they will be expected to return to the lineup.

Potential Japan XI: Kawashima; Sakai, Shoji, Yoshida, Nagatomo; Hasebe, Shibasaki; Haraguchi, Kagawa, Inui; Osako.

A victory for Belgium is priced at 2/5 according to dabblebet , while a draw between the sides is up for 15/4. A Japan win is available at odds of 8/1.

Belgium were massive favourites heading into the tournament in Russia what with their impressive squad on hand, which include the likes of Premier League stars De Bruyne, Hazard, Courtois and Lukaku.

They are on a perfect winning streak this tournament after winning all three of their group games and finishing top of Group G ahead of England, earning them a last 16 tie against Group H runners-up Japan. Belgium managed to edge out a narrow 1-0 victory against the Three Lions despite fielding a second-tier team with Adnan Januzaj scoring the only goal, and Japan will struggle to break down the side which has talent in every aspect of the field.

Belgium eased their way past the likes of Tunisia and Panama and remain contenders to win the World Cup and are buoyed by Lukaku and Hazard’s return to full fitness.

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Belgium eventually eased their way past Panama then made light work against Tunisia in their opening group games. They qualified as Group G winners after beating England 1-0 in a game they made wholesale changes for.

Japan secured qualification from their group in the most extraordinary manner. They were level on points, goal difference and head-to-head record with Senegal who were in the last ten minutes of their game against Colombia. Those standings remained the same and Japan edge through as Group H runners up due to picking up less yellow cards than Senegal.

The sides met in a friendly match in November 2017 where Romelu Lukaku scored the only goal of the game.

The 2018 World Cup is well underway in Russia.

It’s day 18 and the third batch of last-16 fixtures take place after an action-packed Sunday, which saw not one but two penalty shootouts decide the sides that will compete in the third quarter-final. Russia pulled off the shock of the tournament as they sent Spain crashing out, before Croatia just about held their nerve to eliminate Denmark.

Today’s action features five-time world champions Brazil as they take on Mexico in the day’s early kick-off in Samara, with Belgium and Japan playing out the evening match in Rostov-on-Don, with the winners due to meet each other in the second quarter-final at the end of the week.

We will have all the latest news, views, pictures and video direct from Russia throughout the day as we pick up the pace at the biggest football tournament in the world.

Good morning and welcome to our live coverage of the 2018 World Cup.

The last-16 continues in Russia today with two mouth-watering clashes.

First up we’ll see Brazil vs Mexico before Belgium take on Japan a little later on.

We’ll have all the build-up and action from Rostov right here.For now though, as Day 19 reaches its close, what have we learnt?

Well, Brazil are the fifth team to have qualified for the World Cup quarter finals and will face the winners of Belgium v Japan at 7pm.

Here are five things we learned from their victory against Mexico. Meanwhile, if you’re still upset that Brazil’s main South American rivals Argentina crashed out of the World Cup read Ed Malyon’s long-read piece on exactly what is wrong at the top of the Argentinian game.

And if you want to see player ratings from this afternoon’s clash check here:

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