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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 normal time.

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 quarter-finals.

"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 match.

"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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