Wilmots: We deserved to win
02 July 2014, 15:45
Nairobi - Belgium head coach Marc Wilmots says his team were worthy winners of their World Cup last-16 clash with the USA on Tuesday.
The Rode Duivels won Tuesday's encounter 2-1 in extra time despite
having the lion's share of the chances throughout the 90 minutes of
Kevin De Bruyne finally broke the deadlock after 93 minutes, with
Romelu Lukaku adding a second 12 minutes later. Julian Green pulled one
back for the Americans, but Belgium held on to book their place in the
"We had something like 27 chances in the game and we deserved our
win. We created a chance after just two minutes and it was fantastic
goalkeeping from Tim Howard that kept us out," Wilmots said after the
"We saw a lot of football from Belgium tonight. I'd say we played a good game, we were brave and we are into the quarterfinals.
"Usually at this level of football when you miss that many chances
you don't advance, even if you play fantastically. But we were able to
show mental strength and a physical level to see us through.
"I can believe it was a brilliant game for the spectators to watch
but it was no good for my heart. I said to the players after, 'don't do
that to me again'."
Belgium will now head to Brasilia where they will face Argentina on Saturday in the last eight of the competition.
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