Roberto Martinez has hailed the desire shown by his Belgium side during their 3-2 win over Japan in the last 16 of the World Cup at the Rostov Arena.
Having gone 2-0 down in the second half on Monday, Belgium rallied back, with goals from Jan Vertonghen, Marouane Fellaini and Nacer Chadli to seal a sensational comeback win.
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“I think overall, we created over 20 opportunities, which shows the hungry nature of this group of players, and I couldn’t be prouder of them,” said Martinez.
“Today is not about tactics, it’s not about mistakes. Today is about the desire of a group of players. They wanted to get into the quarter-finals and face Brazil.
“We need to celebrate that and everyone back in Belgium needs to be extremely proud of this group of players.”
In qualifying for the quarter-finals, the Red Devils have repeated what they achieved in 2014. They will now be looking to go one better, having lost 1-0 to Argentina that year.
Belgium’s clash against Brazil will take place on Friday at 18h00 GMT.