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Six World Cup breakaway goals to rival Belgium’s against Japan

Nacer Chadli crowned a lightning team move to settle Monday’s thriller. How does it compare with efforts of World Cups past?

Some eyebrows were raised, it’s fair to say, when Roberto Martínez looked at his bench, his Belgium side 2-0 down to Japan and desperate for attacking incision, and decided that the game-changer his team were crying out for was one Nacer Chadli. Certainly few expected the West Brom winger to cap an astonishing turnaround in the dying seconds with one of the goals of the tournament.

That’s why we are not football managers. After all, Chadli was perhaps the only player on the Belgium bench who could have eaten up the ground as he did in the 94th minute as his side transformed an opposition corner into a jet-heeled breakaway in a matter of moments.

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