World Cup 2018: Belgium fans pack into Brussels to welcome heroes home after third-place finish

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World Cup 2018: Belgium fans pack into Brussels to welcome heroes home after third-place finish

By Jamie Gordon15th July 2018, 5:15 pm

BELGIUM fans packed into the centre of Brussels today to welcome their World Cup heroes home.

Eden Hazard inspired the Red Devils to a solid tournament - just missing out on the final after a narrow defeat to France.

Belgium talisman Eden Hazard looks out as the packed square
The centre of Brussels was a sea of red as fans waited for Belgium to appear
There was a party atmosphere in the streets after a successful World Cup
Eden hazard leads the party behind a giant Belgian flag

And after securing third place by beating England for the second time this summer, thousands of supporters packed the Grand Place to wait for their heroe s.

After the tournament Roberto Martinez immediately set his sights on going even further next time.

He said: “We wanted to win it. When you beat Brazil and get into the semi-final, the focus has to be to try to win the World Cup.

“But you need to be realistic when you finish the tournament and look back.

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“These players made history back in Belgium and that’s all that matters. These players deserve to have that accolade.

“The generation of Mexico 86 set a real inspiration and real vision for all the footballers in Belgium.

“Now this group of players overcame that and that’s historic; it took 32 years to be able to be in this position, so there’s real satisfaction and real success.

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“It’s the manner we achieved that â€" the football we played is Belgian football, it’s our brand.

“And the togetherness and flexibility we had tactically shows what we want to be as a footballing nation.

“It has been a really nice journey, a really successful journey but in football you need to look forward and try to improve in the next opportunity that we have.”

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Source: Google News Belgium | Netizen 24 Belgium

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