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Wilmots: Belgium-USA is '50-50'
ESPN FC, June 27th, 2014 1:32PM

TAGS:  belgium, jurgen klinsmann, men's national team, world cup 2014


Belgium coach Marc Wilmots has said that his team will not underestimate the USA when the two teams meet in the round of 16 on Tuesday. Belgium progressed from Group H with maximum points, but the Red Devils labored to beat the likes of Algeria, Russia and South Korea by a single goal each. Jurgen Klinsmann’s USA, meanwhile, finished second in a group featuring European powerhouses Germany and Portugal and African giant Ghana.

"The USA came out of a very tough group. All the teams that made it to the last 16 deserve to be there,” Wilmots said. “For me, it'll be 50-50, even if people will make us the favorites. The climate will be OK, although it could be a bit humid."

When asked about the criticism his team has received for its narrow wins, Wilmots replied: "To play the best football... what does that mean? In the Brazil-Croatia game, I didn't find that Brazil played great football. What matters is to win and to get through. There are different systems and styles.” He added: “We're at a World Cup, and you pay dearly for the smallest error. We're not here to look at other teams. We showed that we have 23 players and that we could trouble a lot of teams."

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1 comment
  1. Bruce Moorhead
    commented on: June 27, 2014 at 4:10 p.m.
    I wouldn't be surprised if this one goes overtime. I'm concerned abut Divock Origi off the bench! He looks dangerous.

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