Belgium boss eager to face Brazil as underdogs at World Cup

04 July, 2018, 01:01 | Author: Marlene Myers
  • Romelu Lukaku Belgium 2018

"When you are in the World Cup it's about achieving your aim so it's not something to criticise; the opposite".

Should they go through against Japan, Belgium will have to wait four days before their quarter-final match, and they also had four days before their last 16 encounter.

Japan's soccer team made a bunch of new fans Monday on the soccer pitch during a gutsy performance against heavily favored Belgium, which ultimately saw them lose in heartbreaking fashion when Belgium scored the go-ahead goal with seconds left in stoppage time.

"When we took the lead I thought we were going to win", said 21-year-old university student Nao Okada, who burst into tears at a Tokyo sports bar as the final whistle sounded.

Brazil's midfield will be without a key component for their World Cup quarterfinal clash against Belgium as Real Madrid's Casemiro picked up his second booking of the tournament.

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"The game is a huge challenge, Belgium are a formidable foe, they are among the top three in the world so we have to think hard about how we attack them as we are ranked 61st".

The Manchester United striker has been in sparkling form for Roberto Martinez's side, becoming the first player since Diego Maradona in 1986 to score at least two goals in consecutive World Cup matches after netting braces against both Tunisia and Panama. The Red Devils are right in the midst of their golden generation, with so many of their most important players now in their physical primes. "I pushed myself hard to be here", he said. In celebration of our City Centurions' remarkable, record-smashing season, we are running a 100-themed summer feature. Knockout matches have a lot to do with experience, even when you have good talents.

"I feel like we've created excitement, like we've played in a style that has really shown an expression of what young English players are capable of, and I want us to continue doing that".

"Belgium deserved the win, but we also played as well as we possibly could".

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