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Five-goal Belgium say stand by for more

28 June, 2018, 15:48 | Author: Delia Walker
  • Martinez happy to be 'boring Belgium'

Panama did get a consolation goal though, their first ever at a World Cup. "They could cause any team problems with their attacking players".

But what lies in wait for Gareth Southgate's side?

Despite obvious claims to the label, no-one is talking golden generation in Belgium.

"It was a knock that he had late in the first half and he tried to play through it and he couldn't", said Belgium manager Roberto Martinez. "That is what a World Cup is about", Mignolet said.

Manchester City's Kevin De Bruyne is one of three players who are one yellow card away from missing the last 16 match, whilst Romelu Lukaku, Eden Hazard, Dries Mertens and Vincent Kompany are all doubts with minor injuries. This lot are so good, they don't need a D'Artagnan.

Now, Drogba has revealed his delight at the fact that Lukaku seems to have taken his advice on board after his two-goal haul against Tunisia at the weekend.

He now sits level with Cristiano Ronaldo in the race for the "Golden Boot" in Russian Federation with four goals and he could have had even more if coach Roberto Martinez had not chose to substitute him with over half an hour still to play. The Group G runner-up plays the victor of Group H.

These were Belgium striker Romelu Lukaku's words as he recently documented his moving life story of struggle, grit, guts, audacity, and the glory that came with it.

And his expectation. No need for Hazard to repeat his rebuke of Lukaku at half-time in the opener against Panama. Thierry Henry's input has also helped Lukaku realise his potential on the big stage.

"We want to have a good performance and keep a winning mentality and not drop our level". Another against England would see them suspended for the first of the knockout games.

They then set off in search of the victor, with Gomez twice coming close and fellow substitute Julian Brandt smacking a post late on. "Now we're just trying to enjoy it", added Manchester United's Lukaku, 25, who scored twice against Tunisia.

However, Courtois says it is important to continue building momentum throughout a tournament, while adding that the fact numerous Belgium players are facing their Premier League team-mates adds extra incentive. Football is all about having fun but playing to win at the same time. The short steps before kicking the ball just like a tennis player before they hit the ball - they take short steps before they hit it and it gives you more accuracy.



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