Belgium vs Japan World Cup 2018 LIVE: Prediction, how to watch online, what time does it start, which TV channel, betting odds
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: