Belgium played a superb all-round game to perhaps get their biggest win in history when they overcame Brazil in the quarter-finals of the ongoing FIFA World Cup 2018.
An own goal by Fernandinho and a brilliant Kevin de Bruyne strike saw Brazil go down 2-0. They fought back with Roberto Augusto pulling a goal back, but in the end that wasn’t enough.
Belgium’s front three played superbly, and the team was helped massively by Thibaut Courtois as well.
Belgium were magnificent in their approach, and credit must be given to Roberto Martinez for getting his team spot on. The inclusion of Marouane Fellaini in the starting XI was a tactical masterclass.
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The Manchester United midfielder had a terrific game, and was instrumental in the first half. He had a hand in his side’s first goal as well, besides holding the ball well and also defending to his strengths throughout.
That caught the eye of former United defender Rio Ferdinand. The Englishman was particularly impressed by Fellaini’s contribution from midfield in the opening 45 minutes.
“Fellaini has been monster defensively,” Ferdinand said on BBC Sport. “When the ball goes forward, the platform is there for holding the ball up to let teammates join and all front three have reacted perfectly.”
Even former German international Jurgen Klinsmann singled out the midfielder: “Fellaini’s having a major game, he’s had an outstanding first-half. The space for Neymar has not been there. It’s an outstanding performance by Belgium in the first-half.”
The European giants also stood to their task in the second half and defended valiantly, with Fellaini too, making important blocks and interceptions.