(CNN)Belgium completed a stunning second-half comeback to rescue its World Cup hopes and crush those of Japan in Rostov-on-Don.
With the “Samurai Blue” leading 2-0 after 52 minutes, it looked as though the Red Devils‘ star-studded squad would be the latest to bite the dust after a long line of upsets in Russia.
bite the dust: 敗北する
However, headers from Jan Vertonghen and Marouane Fellaini hauled Belgium level, before a stunning counterattack saw Nacer Chadli snatch a dramatic last gasp winner with the last kick of the game.
Belgium will now play Brazil on Friday in a much-anticipated quarterfinal clash.
hauled Belgium level: ベルギーを同点の状態にした
Defeat was a cruel outcome for a Japan side that was smooth in possession, incisive in attack and brave in defense all evening.
With the game scoreless at halftime, Akira Nishino’s team began to take control at the beginning of the second period — scoring two quickfire goals to leave the Belgians staring down the barrel.
staring down the barrel: 差し迫った危険に直面する
Striker, Genki Haraguchi, opened the scoring with an accurate strike into the bottom corner after being played through by Gaku Shibasaki.
And before Belgium had chance to process going behind, Japan had doubled its lead.
Kagawa showed some neat footwork on the edge of the area before popping a pass off to Inui. Taking one touch to move the ball out of his feet, the play-maker struck sweetly to find the far corner past the flailing arm of Thibault Courtois in goal.
Belgium looked shell-shocked, as did manager Roberto Martinez who was stood passively in the technical area locked in confused conversation with assistant Graeme Jones.
But it was a moment of inspiration, or perhaps just sheer good fortune, that got Belgium back into the game.
Inui’s wild clearance in the box following a Belgium corner launched the ball 20 feet into the air. Vertonghen watched it come down onto his head and looped the ball over keeper Eiji Kawashima and into the top corner.
Incredibly, the Belgians were level within minutes.
Belgium had never won a last 16 World Cup match inside 90 minutes and as the clock ticked down it looked increasingly likely that this game was to be decided by extra time or penalties.
But with just seconds remaining, a rapid counter-attack saw Belgium complete its remarkable comeback.
Nacer Chadli was in the right place as Thomas Meunier’s low cross arrived at his feet to calmly slot home.
例えばCNNでは、それを comeback と表現してますよね