The 2018 FIFA World Cup continues to churn out amazing moments, as Belgium came back from being two goals down to beat Japan 3-2 and advance to the quarterfinals at Rostov on Monday.
The Belgians were the overwhelming favourites going into the game, having won all three of their Group G fixtures, while the Japanese had made through to the second round owing to a better disciplinary record than Senegal, after the two teams were tied on points and goal difference in Group H.
Yet it was the Blue Samurai that started off strongly but failed to make the most of their positive start, as the first half ended goalless. Only three minutes into the second period though, the Japanese scored their first ever goal in the knockout stages of the World Cup as Genki Haraguchi fired past Thibaut Courtois to hand his team a shock lead.
And only four minutes later, they had doubled their advantage, courtesy of a marvellous strike from Takashi Inui, setting the tone for another upset in Russia. However, Belgium had plenty fight left in them as they were right back in it when defender Jan Vertonghen scored with a looping header in the 69th minute.
Substitute Marouane Fellaini then headed home an Eden Hazard cross to level things up and with momentum firmly on their side, the Belgians went for the kill and were rewarded with the winning goal in the final minute of added time, as another substitute, Nacer Chadli slotted home from close range to send the supporters into a tizzy.
The win meant Belgium will now take on Brazil in the quarterfinals and here we take a look at two players who starred the most in the game and two players who failed to step up;
Starting off with the players who shone the most;