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Roberto Martinez Hails Belgium’s Character After Late Comeback Victory

ROSTOV-ON-DON, RUSSIA - JULY 02: Roberto Martinez, Head coach of Belgium attends the post match press conference following 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 Lars Baron - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)

Belgium manager Roberto Martinez said he was deeply proud after his team hit back from 2-0 down to beat Japan and claim a place in the World Cup quarter-finals.

Substitute Nacer Chadli slotted home in the fourth minute of injury time to complete a memorable comeback and seal a 3-2 win in the last-16 match in Rostov-on-Don.

Belgium were stunned after Genki Haraguchi and Takashi Inui gave Japan a two-goal advantage early in the second half.

But Jan Vertonghen and Marouane Fellaini pulled them level and Chadli’s winner means they will play Brazil in the last eight.

“That was a test for the team and its character.

“We survived it, we have gone through and that is the most important thing.”

“No negatives today, it was about getting through. It is a day to be very proud of these players. Keep believing in Belgium. 

“In the World Cup you want to be perfect but it’s about getting through, it’s about winning.”

Belgium, one of the few sides remaining with a 100% record, will now face Brazil in next week’s quarter-final, Tite’s side having an altogether easier time of it as they defeated Mexico 2-0 in Monday’s earlier kick-off in Samara.


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Author: The PA Team

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