Nacer Chadli’s stoppage time winner gave Belgium a dramatic 3-2 win over Japan in their World Cup Round of 16 match at the Rostov Arena on Monday night.
After a goalless first half, Genki Haraguchi and Takashi Inui struck early in the second period to leave Roberto Martínez’s men facing an ignominious exit.
Belgium responded by throwing on Marouane Fellaini and Nacer Chadli, both of whom scored along before Jan Vertonghen netted the winner with virtually the last kick of the game.
After what was arguably the standout game of Russia 2018 so far, relive the action with the best jokes from Belgium 3-2 Japan:
If Japan beats Belgium, I’ll start watching anime #BELJPN
— money mitch (@YoungRichMitch) July 2, 2018
— Old School Panini (@OldSchoolPanini) July 2, 2018
— Travīs Sçōtt.. (@itsBabkid) July 2, 2018
When Belgium thought Japan would be an easy to beat:
— 18% Battery (@40_40vision) July 2, 2018
How do you say “It’s coming home” in Japanese? #BELJPN
— Futhead (@Futhead) July 2, 2018
No Belgian ever invented Nintendo. They can get fucked. #BELJPN
— Mooms-19 (@Danny_McMoomins) July 2, 2018
— Mostafa (@Mustafa3awad) July 2, 2018
— Luopean (@Mjakaflani) July 2, 2018
Best Japanese attack since Pearl Harbor #BELJPN
— Utpalendu Ghosh (@utpalendu_ghosh) July 2, 2018
25 minutes to go.
— James Billington (@bilge1979) July 2, 2018
Parents are reminded to keep small children away from #BELJPN due to the presence of a choking Hazard.
— Toby Fair (@TopTopPundit) July 2, 2018
Japan are going to lose this and be unhappy for years.
Meaning the PlayStation 5 will come out in 2020 and cost £700.#BELJPN
— Steve Heffernan (@SteveHef) July 2, 2018
— Ꮴ (@Lackeith) July 2, 2018
Commentator: "I wonder what's going through Martinez's mind right now"
Martinez's mind: "If we lose this, I'm never eating sushi again" #BELJPN #
— Sam (STAY AT HOME) (1312) (@AgrathoSam17) July 2, 2018
— Master Rahool (@TheCryptarch) July 2, 2018
Never been this nervous for the Japanese since the final challenge in Takeshis Castle #BELJPN
— Jack (@Jack__Emery) July 2, 2018
This game is like the tortoise and the hare but reversed and with added Jaws music #BELJPN
— Catrin Lowe (@KittyCostanza) July 2, 2018
Petition to let Japan go through anyway. #BELJPN
— Coral (@Coral) July 2, 2018
— Dennis (@sittnerkomiker) July 2, 2018
Belgium hasn’t seen a comeback like this since Alexander Farnese of Parma showed up in Wallonia #BELJPN
— The Almost Forgotten (@thealmostforgot) July 2, 2018
Japan hasn’t blown a lead like that since WW2. #BELJPN
— B. Miller (@BlaiseInKC) July 2, 2018
what's more sad than the last minute goal that Belgium made?
— Jeffy (@Jeffylish_) July 2, 2018
Heart breaking for Japan to lose in such a manner.
— Shit Jokes (@ShitJokes) July 2, 2018
Belgium paid a tribute to Japanese work culture.
They scored the winning Goal ‘Just in time’. #BELJPN
— Shridhar V (@iimcomic) July 2, 2018
— Izzy Everington (@Izzy_Everington) July 2, 2018