Kompany starts as Belgium, Japan ring changes at World Cup
The winner of the knockout match in Rostov will face Brazil, who earlier beat Mexico 2-0, in a quarter-final in Kazan on Friday.
As expected, Belgium coach Roberto Martinez made wholesale changes from the side that beat England 1-0 in the group stages.
He reverted mainly to the same starting line-up that thrashed Tunisia 5-2, with Manchester City defender Kompany as the only new addition, in for Dedryck Boyata at centre-back.
Striker Romelu Lukaku, who has scored four goals so far in Russia, returned to lead Belgium’s star-studded attack.
Eden Hazard, Dries Mertens and Kevin De Bruyne were restored in a powerful midfield after being rested against England.
Japan coach Akira Nishino also revamped his starting line-up after the 1-0 defeat to Poland in the group stages.
The team controversially ran down the clock to qualify at Senegal’s expense because of their superior fair-play record.
Japan are bidding to reach the quarter-finals at a World Cup for the first time in their history.
Thibaut Courtois; Toby Alderweireld, Vincent Kompany, Jan Vertonghen; Thomas Meunier, Axel Witsel, Kevin De Bruyne, Yannick Carrasco; Eden Hazard (capt), Dries Mertens; Romelu Lukaku
Coach: Roberto Martinez (ESP)
Eiji Kawashima; Hiroki Sakai, Maya Yoshida, Gen Shoji, Yuto Nagatomo; Makoto Hasebe (capt), Gaku Shibasaki; Genki Haraguchi, Shinji Kagawa, Takashi Inui; Yuya Osako
Coach: Akira Nishino (JPN)
Referee: Malang Diedhiou (SEN)
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