Belgium boss Roberto Martinez defends Manchester City midfielder's role

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Belgium manager has praised his players for the "incredible heart" they showed during their 2-1 victory over Brazil in the World Cup quarter-finals. "At least I hope we can".

"You should look at the videos, all you have to do is look at images".

This match is a dream for players, they are born for this type of game.

Both player and manager will hope that the football does the talking on Saturday evening, as Brazil face Belgium in a game to take them to the last 4 in Russian Federation and set up a game against France.

La Roja sacked Julen Lopetegui three days before the start of the World Cup after the coach failed to tell the federation about his move to Real Madrid and appointed Hierro to guide the team in Russia. But we would like to play in our way, which has been our strength for a long time.

Dalic's side will come up against a partisan Russian crowd in their last-eight tie in Sochi but he remained upbeat on their chances of progressing to face either England or Sweden in the semi-finals in Moscow.

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"We can enjoy it from the first minute", Martinez said. "I just want us to have as many and we'll see who wins".

Ferdinand's views were quickly echoed by fellow pundit Alan Shearer, who suggested the Manchester United man was close to the ideal centre-forward performance.

Belgium, who came from behind to beat Japan in a thrilling last-16 match, have fast become the favourite team of many fans of countries already eliminated for their attractive style of flowing football, a role their old rivals the Netherlands often occupied.

As has been the case throughout this World Cup, Brazilian forward Neymar will likely garner much of the attention during the match, both for his skills and speed as well as his on-field theatrics.

"In the ideal scenario, we get a very good result and we are able to play our brand of football".

For years, much has been expected of a crop of players, which Kompany previously captained, including Kevin De Bruyne, Eden Hazard, Thibault Courtois and Dries Mertens but Belgium have so far not delivered on their promise, going out in the quarter-finals of the 2014 World Cup and at the European Championships in France two years ago.

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