The red Devils can write history in Saint-Petersburg

With the small final wait for the Red Devils in the Zenit Arena in St. Petersburg, the most unrewarding game to play, a duel between two teams that are just next to the coveted place in the final grips and that opdoffer still not all the way to the top.

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It was almost pathetic how the Red Devils from Roberto Martinez Tuesday night late in a deflated Zenit Arena is the disappointment tried to verbijten and the look all on match of Saturday. In the meantime, there are signals from the player base that they are with a victory in his pocket to Belgium to return and also the coach wants the “strongest possible team” to the kick-off. With some modifications, “to allow the fatigue to catch”.

Because it is Saturday indeed still something in the game, only a victory and a matching third place finish at this world cup may the pain of defeat against the French in the same Saint-Petersburg, 101 years ago was the battlefield of the Russian Revolution, somewhat soften.

On a historical place in Belgian football history to write, it would be a worthy conclusion to a tournament that the best football of the Belgians came, and to which the public in the home country are final with the Red Devils vereenzelvigde.


On a historical place in Belgian football history to write, it would be a worthy conclusion to a tournament that the best football of the Belgians came

A team at the world cup better soccer on the mat laid over the eventual finalists and in the world also the hearts conquered. But so, there won be from England to do better than the generation in 1986, with a fourth place in the bag returned from the world cup in Mexico. The hours of joy from a crowded Brussels Grote Markt are 32 years later still on the retina of all football fans burned and it would be so much nicer if there this time with a bronze medal around the neck of the players can be celebrated.

Future secured

In addition, it would also be a nice revenge on England, where the cynical and compassionately responded after the 1-0 victory of the Belgians in the final race of the group stage, one of the most bizarre world cup games ever. Both teams were for the kick-off are already certain of a place in the second round, and so there were two B-teams on the field in Kaliningrad for a contest that nobody wanted to win. With a wereldgoal in the second half decided Adnan Januzaj , however, otherwise. So were the Belgians are top of their group a they came to logistics and sports, trickier tabelhelft.

Of B-teams, there is this time no question. Already surprised Martinez by Youri Tielemans to the kick-off to appear.

For the 21-year-old crown prince of Belgian football, it is the second move on this WK. Previously if he is already in the final race of the group stage start, also when was England the opponent. In the second team contest against Tunisia and the quarterfinals against Brazil was the midfielder of AS Monaco, respectively, four and three speelminuten. The coach had previously know particularly taken by the player Tielemans, which he, as the leader of the next generation to see. The rise of Saturday, is also a nod to the future. At the european CHAMPIONSHIP of 2020 and world cup 2022 in Qatar will be there for Tielemans played a more important role than here in Russia.


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