FIFA WORLD CUP

Saitama Stadium, Saitama, Japan

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Japan

  • Takayuki Suzuki 59'
  • Junichi Inamoto 68'

2 - 2

FT

Belgium

  • Marc Wilmots 57'
  • Peter Van Der Heyden 75'
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    Philippe Troussier's team avoid becoming the first hosts to lose their opening game and keep alive their hopes of making the second-round.

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    An excitng second-half comes to an end. The points are shared by Group H rivals Belgium and Japan.

  • 90'

    Japan's Alex is still causing problems as time ticks away.....and that's it! The final whistle goes.

  • 89'

    Belgium win a corner which Goor takes. Van Meir gets in a header which is blocked by the Japan defence.

  • 88'

    Japan look more likely to get a winner as both teams desperately look for a goal.

  • 87'

    Alex gallops down the left for Japan. He gets in cross, too heavy for his supporting striker.

  • 87'

    .....Straight into the wall.

  • 87'

    Miyamoto concedes a freekick on the left of the box. Strupar will take it....

  • 86'

    The ball pings around midfield during a frantic finish to the match.

  • 85'

    ...The Arsenal man slots the ball in the back of the net, but the ref has blown for some invisible foul by Inamoto. No goal.

  • 84'

    Inamoto chinks his way into the box, past two lunging defenders, and only the keeper to beat......

  • 83'

    ....The Derby County player's header is saved easily by Narazaki.

  • 82'

    Wilmots gets a header in the Japanese box and flicks-on for Strupar.....

  • 81'

    Strupar comes on for Verheyn.

  • 80'

    Alex does a few step overs and delivers a cross into the box. Van Meir - just booked - heads clear.

  • 79'

    ...He shoots over the bar.

  • 78'

    The Belgium rightback cuts out a cross with his head but it falls to Morishima....

  • 77'

    Toda pumps a longball into the box. Inamoto runs into trouble and loses possession.

  • 76'

    Belgium are growing in confidence now as the push forward for a winner.

  • 75'

    ....the defender stretches and guides the ball over Narazaki. GOAL!!!!!!!!!

  • 74'

    ...Van Meir knocks the ball over the advancing defence and Van der Heyden latches onto it.....

  • 73'

    Marazaki concedes a corner under pressure from Sonck. Japan clear as far as Van Meir....

  • 72'

    Morioka picks up an injury and is replaced by defender Miyamoto.

  • 71'

    Belgium also make a change. Sonck is on for Walem.

  • 70'

    Leading 2-0 Japan make a change. Suzuki goes off and is replaced by Morishima.

  • 69'

    ....Inamoto hammers the ball over De Vlieger and into the roof of the net. GOAL!!!!

  • 68'

    .....he bursts through and is one-on-one with the keeper......

  • 67'

    Inamoto picks up the ball and runs at the defence.......

  • 66'

    Alex plays a good ball into Yanagisawa, but the striker can't control the pace.

  • 65'

    Walem and Goor combine on the left. Good pressure form Japan forces a mistake from the duo and they win a throw.

  • 64'

    Toda thumps a longball forward. No striker is there to chase it and the Belgian keeper takes control.

  • 63'

    Japan bring on Brazilian born Alessandro 'Alex' Santos for Ono.

  • 62'

    Ono whips in a curling shot which De Vlieger tips over the bar.

  • 61'

    Yanagisawa takes a tumble on the left of the box to win a freekick.

  • 60'

    The game has suddenly come to life, the crowd find their voice as Verheyen is booked.

  • 59'

    ...Suzuki outpaces the Belgium defence and toe pokes the ball past De Vlieger. GOAL!!!!!

  • 58'

    Japan look to hit back straight away with a long ball for Suzuki to chase......

  • 57'

    .....Wilmots smashes an overhead kick into the back of the net. GOAL!!!!!!

  • 56'

    ....The defence heads clear only as far as Van Meir. the defender hooks the ball back into the box.....

  • 55'

    Walem takes....

  • 54'

    Goor burst forward down the left and is fouled by Toda in freekick range.

  • 53'

    Peeters takes a long throw from the right. Verheyen leaps for it unfairly and the ref gives a freekick.

  • 52'

    Morioka looks to build from the back for Japan. Inamoto fouls Verheyen and is booked.

  • 51'

    ....The keeper collects and is fouled by Suzuki on the way down.

  • 50'

    Suzuki and De Vlieger are under it......

  • 49'

    Nakata chases a longball into the corner, he hits an up-and-under into the box.

  • 48'

    ....The striker pokes his 10-yard shot over the bar, under pressure from Morioka.

  • 47'

    A poor clearance is headed back in the box for Wilmots to chase......

  • 46'

    Peeters attempts a trick on the touchline and Ono goes straight through him. Foul.

  • 46'

    Belgium get the second-half underway.

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    Belgium have had the better chances to score in the first-half, poor finishing has let them down.

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    Inamoto and Ono have looked dangerous for Japan, but Nakata has to get into the game more if the hosts are to win this game.

  • 45'

    The ref blows for the end of the half.

  • 45'

    ......Yanagisawa gets in a good leap but can't direct his header back towards goal.

  • 44'

    Nakata gets his cross in from by the corner flag......

  • 43'

    Yanagisawa switches play from right to left and Nakata drives forward.

  • 42'

    Yanagisawa wins a freekick but Japan play the ball back to their keeper.

  • 41'

    Japan build from the back. Matsuda hits a long ball for Suzuki who wins a throw.

  • 40'

    Vanderhaeghe is down holding his back.

  • 39'

    Peeters pumps a long throw into the box. Verheyen flicks on a header and Narazaki collects under his bar.

  • 38'

    Ichikawa drives down the right towards goal. He plays a low cross into the box, but no teammate had followed his run.

  • 37'

    .......Goor's shot curls wide of Narazaki's righthand post. He should have done better.

  • 36'

    Verheyen gets his cross into the box and it falls for Goor to volley.........

  • 35'

    The ball is played forwrd to Nakata who hits a dipping shot over the bar.

  • 34'

    A tigerish tackle in midfield gives Ono the ball. He lays it off to Inamoto who wins a freekick.

  • 33'

    Vanderhaeghe driibbles his way down the right but puts a poor ball into the box for Wilmots.

  • 32'

    Belgium are fighting their way back into the match and their fans begin to chanting.

  • 31'

    Goor chases a poor return ball into the box and fouls Ichikawa in his attempt to keep possession.

  • 30'

    Inamoto lays the ball off to Toda. He has to lunge for the ball, fouls Verheyen and gets booked.

  • 29'

    .....Wimots heads goalwards but Narazaki makes the save. That was Belgium's best chance of the match.

  • 28'

    Goor finds Wilmots in the box......

  • 27'

    .....The playmaker has no support and his backheel volley is cleared by the Belgian defence.

  • 26'

    Yanagisawa wins a freekick. The ball is lofted into the box for Nakata......

  • 25'

    Verheyen whips a ball in from the right. Narazaki comes off his line to pluck the ball out of the air.

  • 24'

    Japan break down the other end with Suzuki. The striker is muscled off the ball as he drives into to box.

  • 23'

    ...Peeters crosses the ball and Verheyen heads just wide.

  • 22'

    Vanderhaeghe brings the ball through midfield and finds Peeters on the right.......

  • 21'

    Belgium have struggled to build-up attacks so far and Japan are in control of the match.

  • 20'

    Toda releases Ichikawa down the wing, Van der Hayden fouls the midfielder and gets booked.

  • 19'

    Toda hits an ambitious 35-yard shot over the Belgian bar.

  • 18'

    Japan's midfield passing is brought to a halt as Van Meir hacks down Suzuki.

  • 17'

    Wilmots crosses from Belgium's right but Goor can't reach it.

  • 16'

    Belgium build from defence. Walem skirts the Japanese box and Inamoto is their again to break up the attack.

  • 15'

    Inamoto dances through the Belgian midfield before Ichikawa hoofs the ball forward to no avail.

  • 14'

    Simons drives forward and blasts a 30-yard shot which the Japan defence block and clear.

  • 13'

    Nakata's corner goes straight into the hands of De Vlieger.

  • 12'

    Nakata flicks on a throw for Suzuki to win a corner on the left.

  • 11'

    ...the midfielder's cross is too heavy and drifts over the keeper's bar.

  • 10'

    Inamoto starts another attack down the left.....

  • 9'

    Inamato attempts a marauding run through the Belgian defence and is tackled by Van Meir.

  • 8'

    Suzuki wins the ball in midfield. Peeters breaks up the attack from Nakata down the leftwing.

  • 7'

    Japan take it quickly and waste a dangerous chance.

  • 6'

    Simons brings down Nakaata on the right of the box for a freekick.

  • 5'

    Wilmots controls a cross from the right but Ichikawa gets in a tackle on the edge of his area.

  • 4'

    .....Suzuki chases a throughball but is caught offside.

  • 3'

    Walem strikes the freekick into the wall and Nakata breaks for Japan.......

  • 3'

    De Vlieger deals with a back pass and sets up Verheyen, who is fouled 30-yards out.

  • 2'

    Some nevous pushing in the box gives a freekick to Japan.

  • 1'

    The Belgians, in a radioactive orange kit, take a freekick from the left and win a corner.

  • 1'

    Japan kick-off with a long-ball into the corner.

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    The teams are on the pitch, the anthems are over and the football awaits.

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    Co-hosts Japan finally get underway against Belgium and no host has lost their opening game.

COMPLETE TEAM CLOSE X
Goal Shot Video
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  • Shots (on goal)

  • tackles

  • Fouls

  • possession

  • Japan

  • 8(4)

  • -

  • 27

  • 0%

    0%

  • Belgium

  • 9(6)

  • -

  • 25

Belgium

Line-up
POS No Name

G

1 Geert De Vlieger

D

4 Eric Van Meir

D

12 Peter Van Der Heyden

D

15 Jacky Peeters

D

16 Daniel Van Buyten

M

6 Timmy Simons

M

8 Bart Goor

M

10 Johan Walem
F
9 Wesley Sonck

M

11 Gert Verheyen
F
20 Branko Strupar

M

18 Yves Vanderhaeghe

F

7 Marc Wilmots
 
Substitutes
POS No Name
F 9 Wesley Sonck
F 20 Branko Strupar

Match Stats

  • Japan
  • Belgium
8(4) Shots (on goal) 9(6)
27 Fouls 25
1 Corner kicks 4
1 Offsides 2
0% Time of Possession 0%
2 Yellow Cards 4
0 Red Cards 0
4 Saves 2
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