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The 2018 World Cup in Russia has shown lots of surprising feats that many football pundits never knew would ever happen. Brazil has grown from the struggling team to super power with their superlative performance against Mexico in the round of 16. From the sound of the whistle, Mexico started with a fast-paced strategy and kept on threatening the Brazilian defense but after a while they fizzled out. In the second half, the Brazilian and Chelsea wizard known as Willian came up strong with his super runs against the Mexican defense. If Willian had auditioned for the role of DC TV series “The Flash” he would have won the role.
All through the second half it was Willian against the Mexican side setting up a chance for Neymar to slot in the first goal while Neymar’s assist gave Brazil the second goal through Liverpool’s Firmino. Brazil’s win put an end to Mexico’s title dreams in Russia 2018.
The second game in the round of 16 can be likened to the Viking’s battles. Japan was the underdog who had come into the game with stronger faith in themselves with the aim of making their first quarter final in their world cup history. In 2010, Japan was beaten by Paraguay in the penalty shootout.
After a hard fought first half between both teams with Belgium having a possession of 60% to Japan’s 40% which was goalless. Japan opened the scoring through a 47th minute Haraguchi’s strike from the right hand corner to put the Asians in front. Hazard’s shot was denied by the bar which would have been the equalizer. Barely 4 minutes after Hazard’s shot, had the Japanese side got a two goal advantage through an outside 18 box flaming arrow shot from Inui.
The Belgians came out strong with a fierce approach to get a goal which finally came through when Japanese Yoshada allowed Belgian player Veatoghen head the ball which resulted in an unusual goal. In the 72nd minute, Belgium was at par with Japan through a header from substitute and Manchester United Fellani. As the both sides were getting ready to listen to the whistle from the Senegalese centre referee signifying the end of the game, Belgium went for a counter attack through a superb run from Manchester city Kelvin De Bruyne and another substitute Chadli ended Japan’s hope with a classic finish in the 90+4 minutes.
Belgium will face Brazil in the quarter finals.