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Soccer – Martinez hails Belgium spirit

Head coach Roberto Martinez believes Belgium proved plenty about their character by coming from two goals down to defeat Japan 3-2 in the last-16 of World Cup 2018. Jan Vertonghen and Marouane Fellaini netted to level the scores after the Samurai Blue threatened a major upset in Rostov-on-Don, before Nacer Chadli struck with the last kick of the game to send the Red Devils through to a quarter-final with Brazil. And Martinez was delighted to see his team deliver when it mattered, having been truly tested for the first time in the competition. He told reporters: "It was a test of character and you see the reaction of our subs coming on to win the game. It tells you everything about this group of players. "No negatives today, it was about getting through. It is a day to be very proud of these players. In the World Cup you want to be perfect, but it's about getting through, it's about winning." Belgium are available at 11/8 with bet365 to reach the World Cup 2018 semi-finals at the expense of Brazil.

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