Belgium are in the last four for just the second time in their history © AFP Roberto Martinez has emphatically silenced those who doubted whether he was the right man to lead Belgium’s “golden generation” in their bid for World Cup glory following his struggles with Premier League club Everton. Belgium are in the last four for just the second time in their history, and will meet France in Saint Petersburg on Tuesday after claiming their biggest-ever World Cup scalp by beating Brazil 2-1 in the quarter-finals. In going beyond the last eight, Martinez has already succeeded where his predecessor Marc Wilmots failed, following quarter-final defeats to Argentina four years ago and in shock fashion to Wales at Euro 2016. However, it is the manner in which Martinez has masterminded that route to the semis that has vindicated the Belgian federation’s decision to hire a manager seen as damaged goods in 2016 after three largely unsuccessful seasons at Goodison Park.A side boasting some of the Premier League’s finest talents in Kevin De Bruyne, Eden Hazard and Romelu Lukaku were heading for another embarrassing early exit when trailing 2-0 to Japan in the last 16.Flexible Fellaini But Martinez’s substitutions saved the day…. Read full this story
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