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Wilmots positive

Rio de Janeiro: Belgium coach Marc Wilmots said his team does not have to play beautiful football to make progress in the World Cup after his side squeezed past Russia in a largely drab 1-0 win on Sunday to book their place in the knockout phase.

“To advance in a tournament, you don’t always need to be pretty. I believe that you need to be efficient,” he told a news conference.

“What counts is that Belgium got a good win and qualified for the second round. Everything else has absolutely no importance.”

Hazard said his fitness helped him settle games. “I know how to make the difference. When I make the difference, I often do it at the end of the match and that shows that I am fresh,” he told reporters.

Wilmots said Belgium would be looking for three more points in their final group match against South Korea but he might rest players who have picked up yellow cards. (Agencies)