Best photos from Belgium vs. Japan

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The best and most important counterattack of the 2018 World Cup featured just seven touches from four players. It went from one end of the field to the other in 10 seconds. It completed Belgium’s stunning comeback from 2-0 down to 3-2 up in a Round of 16 game against Japan.

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<p>Belgium’s Vincent Kompany in action with Japan’s Eiji Kawashima REUTERS/Marko Djurica </p>
Belgium vs. Japan

Belgium’s Vincent Kompany in action with Japan’s Eiji Kawashima REUTERS/Marko Djurica

<p>Maya Yoshida of Japan challenge for the ball with Romelu Lukaku of Belgium during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Round of 16 match between Belgium and Japan at Rostov Arena on July 2, 2018 in Rostov-on-Don, Russia. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images) </p>
Belgium vs. Japan

Maya Yoshida of Japan challenge for the ball with Romelu Lukaku of Belgium during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Round of 16 match between Belgium and Japan at Rostov Arena on July 2, 2018 in Rostov-on-Don, Russia. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

<p>Marouane Fellaini of Belgium scores his team’s second goal during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Round of 16 match between Belgium and Japan at Rostov Arena on July 2, 2018 in Rostov-on-Don, Russia. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images) </p>
Belgium vs. Japan

Marouane Fellaini of Belgium scores his team’s second goal during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Round of 16 match between Belgium and Japan at Rostov Arena on July 2, 2018 in Rostov-on-Don, Russia. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

<p>Genki Haraguchi of Japan celebrates with team mate Yuya Osako after scoring his team’s first goal during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Round of 16 match between Belgium and Japan at Rostov Arena on July 2, 2018 in Rostov-on-Don, Russia. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images) </p>
Belgium vs. Japan

Genki Haraguchi of Japan celebrates with team mate Yuya Osako after scoring his team’s first goal during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Round of 16 match between Belgium and Japan at Rostov Arena on July 2, 2018 in Rostov-on-Don, Russia. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

<p>Japan’s Takashi Inui and Belgium’s Axel Witsel, Vincent Kompany (L-R) in action in their 2018 FIFA World Cup Round of 16 football match at Rostov Arena Stadium. Valery Sharifulin/TASS (Photo by Valery Sharifulin\TASS via Getty Images) </p>
Belgium vs. Japan

Japan’s Takashi Inui and Belgium’s Axel Witsel, Vincent Kompany (L-R) in action in their 2018 FIFA World Cup Round of 16 football match at Rostov Arena Stadium. Valery Sharifulin/TASS (Photo by Valery Sharifulin\TASS via Getty Images)

<p>Japan’s players celebrate after Japan’s Takashi Usami scores his side’s second goal during the round of 16 match between Belgium and Japan at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Rostov Arena, in Rostov-on-Don, Russia, Monday, July 2, 2018. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell) </p>
Belgium vs. Japan

Japan’s players celebrate after Japan’s Takashi Usami scores his side’s second goal during the round of 16 match between Belgium and Japan at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Rostov Arena, in Rostov-on-Don, Russia, Monday, July 2, 2018. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)

<p>Genki Haraguchi of Japan celebrates with teammates after scoring his team’s first goal during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Round of 16 match between Belgium and Japan at Rostov Arena on July 2, 2018 in Rostov-on-Don, Russia. (Photo by Carl Court/Getty Images) </p>
Belgium vs. Japan

Genki Haraguchi of Japan celebrates with teammates after scoring his team’s first goal during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Round of 16 match between Belgium and Japan at Rostov Arena on July 2, 2018 in Rostov-on-Don, Russia. (Photo by Carl Court/Getty Images)

<p>Belgium’s midfielder Marouane Fellaini (R) celebrates with Belgium’s midfielder Kevin De Bruyne (2R) and Belgium’s forward Romelu Lukaku (3R) after scoring their second goal during the Russia 2018 World Cup round of 16 football match between Belgium and Japan at the Rostov Arena in Rostov-On-Don on July 2, 2018. (Photo by PIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOU / AFP) </p>
Belgium vs. Japan

Belgium’s midfielder Marouane Fellaini (R) celebrates with Belgium’s midfielder Kevin De Bruyne (2R) and Belgium’s forward Romelu Lukaku (3R) after scoring their second goal during the Russia 2018 World Cup round of 16 football match between Belgium and Japan at the Rostov Arena in Rostov-On-Don on July 2, 2018. (Photo by PIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOU / AFP)

<p>Genki Haraguchi of Japan scores his team’s opening goal during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Round of 16 match between Belgium and Japan at Rostov Arena on July 2, 2018 in Rostov-on-Don, Russia. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images) </p>
Belgium vs. Japan

Genki Haraguchi of Japan scores his team’s opening goal during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Round of 16 match between Belgium and Japan at Rostov Arena on July 2, 2018 in Rostov-on-Don, Russia. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

<p>Belgium’s Eden Hazard goes down after a challenge by Japan’s Gaku Shibasaki REUTERS/Marko Djurica </p>
Belgium vs. Japan

Belgium’s Eden Hazard goes down after a challenge by Japan’s Gaku Shibasaki REUTERS/Marko Djurica

<p>Japan’s defender Gen Shoji (L) heads the ball next to Belgium’s forward Romelu Lukaku during the Russia 2018 World Cup round of 16 football match between Belgium and Japan at the Rostov Arena in Rostov-On-Don on July 2, 2018. (Photo by Jack GUEZ / AFP) </p>
Belgium vs. Japan

Japan’s defender Gen Shoji (L) heads the ball next to Belgium’s forward Romelu Lukaku during the Russia 2018 World Cup round of 16 football match between Belgium and Japan at the Rostov Arena in Rostov-On-Don on July 2, 2018. (Photo by Jack GUEZ / AFP)

<p>Romelu Lukaku of Belgium fails to connect with the ball in the box under pressure from Maya Yoshida of Japan during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Round of 16 match between Belgium and Japan at Rostov Arena on July 2, 2018 in Rostov-on-Don, Russia. (Photo by Robert Cianflone – FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images) </p>
Belgium vs. Japan

Romelu Lukaku of Belgium fails to connect with the ball in the box under pressure from Maya Yoshida of Japan during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Round of 16 match between Belgium and Japan at Rostov Arena on July 2, 2018 in Rostov-on-Don, Russia. (Photo by Robert Cianflone – FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)

<p>Romelu Lukaku (9) of Belgium in action against Maya Yoshida (22) of Japan the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Round of 16 match between Belgium and Japan at the Rostov Arena Stadium in Rostov On Don, Russia on July 02, 2018. (Photo by Sebnem Coskun/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images) </p>
Belgium vs. Japan

Romelu Lukaku (9) of Belgium in action against Maya Yoshida (22) of Japan the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Round of 16 match between Belgium and Japan at the Rostov Arena Stadium in Rostov On Don, Russia on July 02, 2018. (Photo by Sebnem Coskun/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

<p>Gen Shoji of Japan wih over Romelu Lukaku of Belgium during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Round of 16 match between Belgium and Japan at Rostov Arena on July 2, 2018 in Rostov-on-Don, Russia. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images) </p>
Belgium vs. Japan

Gen Shoji of Japan wih over Romelu Lukaku of Belgium during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Round of 16 match between Belgium and Japan at Rostov Arena on July 2, 2018 in Rostov-on-Don, Russia. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

<p>Belgium’s Vincent Kompany in action with Japan’s Yuya Osako REUTERS/Marko Djurica </p>
Belgium vs. Japan

Belgium’s Vincent Kompany in action with Japan’s Yuya Osako REUTERS/Marko Djurica

<p>Belgium’s defender Vincent Kompany (3rd-L) vies for the ball with Japan’s forward Yuya Osako (2nd-R) during the Russia 2018 World Cup round of 16 football match between Belgium and Japan at the Rostov Arena in Rostov-On-Don on July 2, 2018. (Photo by JUAN BARRETO / AFP) </p>
Belgium vs. Japan

Belgium’s defender Vincent Kompany (3rd-L) vies for the ball with Japan’s forward Yuya Osako (2nd-R) during the Russia 2018 World Cup round of 16 football match between Belgium and Japan at the Rostov Arena in Rostov-On-Don on July 2, 2018. (Photo by JUAN BARRETO / AFP)

<p>Japan’s Makoto Hasebe in action with Belgium’s Dries Mertens REUTERS/Murad Sezer </p>
Belgium vs. Japan

Japan’s Makoto Hasebe in action with Belgium’s Dries Mertens REUTERS/Murad Sezer

<p>Japan’s Genki Haraguchi in action with Belgium’s Eden Hazard REUTERS/Jorge Silva </p>
Belgium vs. Japan

Japan’s Genki Haraguchi in action with Belgium’s Eden Hazard REUTERS/Jorge Silva

<p>Belgium’s Thibaut Courtois drops the ball REUTERS/Sergio Perez </p>
Belgium vs. Japan

Belgium’s Thibaut Courtois drops the ball REUTERS/Sergio Perez

<p>Japan’s forward Yuya Osako (L) challenges Belgium’s defender Vincent Kompany during the Russia 2018 World Cup round of 16 football match between Belgium and Japan at the Rostov Arena in Rostov-On-Don on July 2, 2018. (Photo by Jewel SAMAD / AFP) </p>
Belgium vs. Japan

Japan’s forward Yuya Osako (L) challenges Belgium’s defender Vincent Kompany during the Russia 2018 World Cup round of 16 football match between Belgium and Japan at the Rostov Arena in Rostov-On-Don on July 2, 2018. (Photo by Jewel SAMAD / AFP)

<p>Belgium’s Eden Hazard in action with Japan’s Makoto Hasebe and Gaku Shibasaki REUTERS/Murad Sezer </p>
Belgium vs. Japan

Belgium’s Eden Hazard in action with Japan’s Makoto Hasebe and Gaku Shibasaki REUTERS/Murad Sezer

<p>Belgium’s Eden Hazard, left, challenges for the ball in front of Japan’s Maya Yoshida during the round of 16 match between Belgium and Japan at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Rostov Arena, in Rostov-on-Don, Russia, Monday, July 2, 2018. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek) </p>
Belgium vs. Japan

Belgium’s Eden Hazard, left, challenges for the ball in front of Japan’s Maya Yoshida during the round of 16 match between Belgium and Japan at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Rostov Arena, in Rostov-on-Don, Russia, Monday, July 2, 2018. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)

<p>Japan’s Yuya Osako, right, and Belgium’s Vincent Kompany vie for the ball during the round of 16 match between Belgium and Japan at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Rostov Arena, in Rostov-on-Don, Russia, Monday, July 2, 2018. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar) </p>
Belgium vs. Japan

Japan’s Yuya Osako, right, and Belgium’s Vincent Kompany vie for the ball during the round of 16 match between Belgium and Japan at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Rostov Arena, in Rostov-on-Don, Russia, Monday, July 2, 2018. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

<p>Belgium’s Vincent Kompany, left, and Japan’s Maya Yoshida challenge for the ball during the round of 16 match between Belgium and Japan at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Rostov Arena, in Rostov-on-Don, Russia, Monday, July 2, 2018. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek) </p>
Belgium vs. Japan

Belgium’s Vincent Kompany, left, and Japan’s Maya Yoshida challenge for the ball during the round of 16 match between Belgium and Japan at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Rostov Arena, in Rostov-on-Don, Russia, Monday, July 2, 2018. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)

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