A blockbuster second half saw Japan come out swinging and Belgium snatch victory from the jaws of defeat, winning 3-2 in Rostov-on-Don.
Eiji Kawashima- 8.5
Pulled off some good saves under pressure to keep the scores level in the first half and was very difficult to beat in the second.
Hiroki Sakai – 6.5
Got his body behind the ball but couldn’t stop the Belgium defenders from working in behind him.
Maya Yoshida – 7.5
Applied constant pressure to the Belgium attack, making it very difficult for them to look comfortable on the ball when in the box.
Gen Shoji – 7.5
Was locked in a fierce battle with Lukaku and did well to limit the striker's time on the ball.
Yuto Nagatomo - 8
Worked well with Inui so that Japan always had someone forward on the left, spreading the Belgium defence.
Makoto Hasebe – 7.5
Played a deep role, acting almost as an extra defender that allowed Inui and Haraguchi to make the most of their speed and push forward.
Gaku Shibasaki – 6.5
A quieter game from the midfielder. He still did well to stand up to the physicality of the Belgium team, picking up a yellow card for his efforts.
Genki Haraguchi – 8.5
Tracked back well to try and win the ball in the midfield. A well-timed run and beautiful finish gave Japan the lead.
Shinji Kagawa- 7.5
Smart first touches and short give and go passes created consistent chances for Japan.