In the latest Belgium news, Marouane Fellaini has hailed the determination of his side after Monday’s 3-2 win against Japan and is urging his team-mates to use that momentum against Brazil on Friday.
Belgium were the firm favourites going into the last-16 clash against Japan after topping Group G but the European powerhouse found themselves 2-0 down early in the second-half after impressive goals from Genki Haraguchi and Takashi Inui.
A comeback was required from the Red Devils and that is exactly what they produced, with Jan Vertonghen and substitute Fellaini levelling the scores with 16 minutes of the 90 remaining.
Just when the match looked like it was heading for extra-time, Roberto Martinez’s men broke away in the final few seconds and another sub Nacer Chadli capped a brilliant move to give his side a 3-2 victory.
Next up for Belgium is a clash against Brazil and they will have to create history by beating the Selecao for the first time, with the South Americans winning the only meeting 2-0 back in 2002.
Manchester United midfielder Fellaini, who is pushing for a start after his impact from the bench, feels the Japan win was huge for his side and is hoping they can push on in Friday’s quarter-final.
“It was an important game for us because we showed the mentality, we came back from 2-0 and scored three goals in 90 minutes,” he said. “We are more mature than before and we all want to show what we can do against Brazil.”
Martinez could also decide to start Chadli after his impressive cameo against Japan and that could result in Yannick Carrasco dropping to the bench.