Phew! Fellaini helps Belgium bounce back
Marouane Fellaini became the fourth Manchester United player to score in Russia 2018 as Belgium produced a Reds-style comeback to beat Japan and reach the World Cup quarter-finals.
In yet another of this tournament’s many exhilarating matches, the much-fancied Europeans rallied from being 2-0 down to the Asian underdogs to winning 3-2 with essentially the last kick in injury time.
Fellaini’s key contribution to the cause was his equaliser, a trademark towering header to connect with Eden Hazard’s left-wing cross and make the score 2-2 with 16 minutes to go.
When former United star Shinji Kagawa teed up Takashi Inui to crack home the Asian side’s second goal four minutes later, it seemed Belgium would become the latest big team to tumble out of the competition after the demise of Germany, Argentina, Spain and Euro 2016 winners Portugal. That inkling only increased when Lukaku headed a great chance wide from inside the six-yard box.
UNITED’S WORLD CUP SCORERS… SO FAR!
Belgium’s 3-2 triumph has kept alive Romelu Lukaku’s bid to win the Golden Boot, even if the Reds striker failed to score for the first time in this tournament. After netting twice against both Panama and Tunisia, he was rested for the England game, leaving him with four goals to Harry Kane’s current tally of five.