Belgium and USA fight for last quarter final berth

Belgium and USA fight for last quarter final berth

Belgium and USA fight for last quarter final berth

Belgium's Red Devils haven't been at a FIFA World Cup since Korea and Japan co-hosted the 2002 Mundial. Well, they are at the 2014 edition in Brazil and have a chance of reaching the quarter finals when they play the USA in the final round of 16 encounter tonight at 11.00pm Kenyan time.

 

Coached by Marc Wilmots, himself a member of the 2002 side, Belgium emerged top from a tricky Group H to set up this clash. They have in their ranks plenty of  quality in the form of 23 year Chelsea forward Eden Hazard, Manchester United's Marouane Fellaini, Manchester City's Vincent Kompany and of course, Lille's 19 year old Divock Origi, son of former Kenyan international Mike Okoth. 

 

They will come into this tie looking to maintain their winning run as they look to advance to the quarter finals. Wilmots has a few injury and selection worries though, captain Vincent Kompany and Arsenal’s Thomas Vermaelen both doubts. Another centre-back, Laurent Ciman, and right-back Anthony Vanden Borre are also missing due to injury, while midfielder Steven Defour is suspended after being shown a red card against South Korea last week.

Juergen Klinsmann reached the round of 16 by qualifying second from a Group G that also included Portugal and Ghana. They will certainly fancy their chances against the Belgians.

 

Klinsmann however faces an anxious wait to see if first-choice striker Jozy Altidore will be fit for the game against a technically-gifted Belgium side. Former Fulham hitman Clint Dempsey is expected to start up front as a result, but otherwise the German manager has no other injury concerns.

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