Roberto Martinez hails Belgium's "incredible heart"

Mae Harvey
July 7, 2018

Stones said he had been discussing the cave rescue with his England teammates ahead of their World Cup quarter-final against Sweden. The main questions following disappointing defeats in the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 European Championship centred on the team's character.

I think Fellaini is player that you have to work with to appreciate what he really brings.

That 3-2 victory over Japan was the first time a team has overcome a two-goal deficit to win outright since West Germany beat England in 1970, and the first to do it in regulation since Portugal came from three down to beat North Korea in 1966.

With Marcelo and Douglas Costa having shaken off injuries, it is the first time in this World Cup that Tite has had his whole squad fit.

While Tite has wanted to defend his star player in Russian Federation, it was not so long ago that he himself was criticising the world's most expensive player for diving in a game.

Some 25 minutes later and the biggest comeback in a World Cup knockout match for almost half a century - since West Germany's 3-2 victory over England in the 1970 quarterfinals - was complete but Martinez knows that Belgium can not afford to give the five-times world champions any kind of start on Friday.

"We will need power", Belgium's coach Roberto Martinez said in what could be a hint toward his intentions.

The top half contains more heavyweights, with 1998 champions France taking on two-time winners Uruguay and Brazil set to face Belgium.

The victor will bid for a place in the final against either France or Uruguay. Lukaku has four but seven of his teammates have scored, too. "The players who defend against him make fouls because it's always hard to defend Neymar and take the ball without fouling him".

"So, it's a defining game, but not just for us, it's a defining game for Brazil as well". Casemiro has provided a strong shield in front of the Brazilian defence. For the whole world, it's more on Brazil.

"I don't care much for criticism, not even from the press because in a way this can influence athletes". Others walking a tightrope are midfielder Philippe Coutinho and defender Filipe Luis.

"You see the third goal and only Kevin De Bruyne can do what he did".

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