Kevin De Bruyne- 6.5

Hung back in midfield and only began pushing forward after Belgium had conceded two goals.

Axel Witsel- 7.5

Moved forward to sit just outside the box to help Belgium compress the Japanese defence and quickly move the ball across the field.

Yannick Ferreira Carrasco- 7

Strong down the left-hand side, managing to lose his defender and create space. Dropped off in the second half and was subbed with just over 25 minutes left to play.

Dries Mertens - 7

Created opportunities up front with perfectly-weighed through balls, but played in too close to his teammates in the second half and was replaced in the 65th minute.

Eden Hazard- 7.5

A truly impressive first touch, seeming able to make something out of nothing going forward.

Romelu Lukaku- 6.5

Worked well off his midfield to try and create space but couldn’t deliver in front of goal.


Marouane Fellaini – 8.5

Got to work immediately, winning corners and then using his height to challenge in the air and head home the equaliser.

Nacer Chadli – 8.5

Came on with 25 minutes to go and used his pace to put Japan on the back foot, capitalising on transitional play. Scored the winner at the death.