Belgium head coach Roberto Martinez has described his side’s comeback in their 3-2 win over Japan as an “incredible achievement”.
Belgium somehow overturned a two-goal deficit to book their place in the quarter-finals in Russia, and Roberto Martinez attributed the result to his side’s attitude and desire.
“The reality is we went 2-0 down and you have to find solutions, you have to find a reaction, but what you need more than anything is the desire and togetherness of a group of players who are desperate to perform.
“If you look at the stats there are not many games where you can come back from 2-0 down at a World Cup. I think this is down to the personality, to the focus, to the desire, to the never-give-up attitude of the players and almost the belief of the players when the came on.
“Doing it within the 90 minutes was an incredible achievement.”