Our prediction for this World Cup 2018 match:
Belgium take on Japan at Rostov Arena in the last 16 of the 2018 FIFA World Cup. The Red Devils defeated each of their three rivals in the group stages (Tunisia, Panama and England) and they will be looking to keep their 100% record intact when they face Japan in Monday’s football game. Coach Roberto Martinez rested key players in the 1-0 win over England, but there is every chance he is going to field the best possible side against the Samurai Blue. Japan, on the other hand, were more than fortunate to book their place in the knockout stages of the showpiece tournament as they were shown less yellow cards than Senegal. Belgium are seen as hot favourites to win Monday’s football game and we predict that they are going to recorded a routine win over Japan, who failed to impress in the 1-0 loss to Poland.
Highlighted Player (Romelu Lukaku):
Romelu Lukaku Bolingoli, born on 13th of ay 1993 is a Belgian player with roots form Congo. Lukaku played for several youth teams before he got picked up by RSC Anderlecht. After playing for only 2 seasons for Anderlecht Chelsea picked him up for around12 million euro.
Lukaku was never able to get a spot in the starting eleven of Chelsea and after playing for WBA he moved to Everton for approximately 35 million euro.Lukaku made his debut in February 2010 by the age of 16 and is one of the youngest players that player for the highest Belgian national team.
The biggest achievement of Lukakui is winning the Eerste klasse in Belgium and the English FA Cup. With his strength and goal scoring abilities Lukaku can be considered as one of the deadliest strikers of the world. Nicknames for Lukaku are Big Rom and the Tank.
Highlighted Team (Japan):
Japan national team have been making progress year by year. The Samurai Blue are regarded as one of the best Asian teams and they have established themselves as the regular participants of the FIFA World Cup finals. Japan qualified for the 1998 FIFA World Cup in France for the first time in the national team’s history, but they have been taking part at the showpiece tournament ever since.
The Samurai Blue then co-hosted the 2002 FIFA World Cup with South Korea and they did well to make it to the last 16 of the major tournament. The Japanese national team repeated the success eight years later in South Africa, where they were beaten by Paraguay on penalties in the last 16.
It has to be noted that Japan are the only Asian team that participated in the Copa America, with the team taking part in the 2009 and the 2011 tournament. The Samurai Blue wear blue shirts and blue shorts when playing at home, whereas their away kits are grey-white.