Martinez is savvy in the way he goes about playing down expectations - especially when you consider Belgium has always been one of the best sides in the world.
Before home fans, Russian Federation beat Spain 4-3 on penalties after a 1-1 draw in their round of 16 match played a week ago at Luzhniki Stadium, goalkeeper and captain Igor Akinfeev becoming the hero of local fans by saving two penalties to take his team to the quarter-finals. It's hard for me to make any comments. The powerful midfielders Modric and Rakitic will come out fierce, keeping England on their toes. "We're not the finished article", England manager Gareth Southgate, himself a novice at national level, said.
The Manchester United midfielder has shown his capabilities in a box-to-box role at the World Cup, helping Kante break up attacking plays and also contributing further forward with vision and creativity.
Sergei Saprykin and Maria Karlova from Sevastopol said they were "completely satisfied with the game". The European side hadn't managed to taste success in seven matches in the lead-up to the quadrennial tournament and lost a few key players, including influential striker Alexandr Kokorin, to injury.
Cherchesov and his men got fans to believe in them after they outclassed Egypt 3-1 in the second Group A game. Team Russia advanced to the quarterfinals for the first time in its modern history after hammering Saudi Arabia 5-0 and Egypt 3-1 and losing only to Uruguay 0-3 in the championship's group stage.
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"We have proved we are a football nation".
"I remember people saying he's going to be a one-hit wonder and he's just completely proven them wrong and blown it out the water".
In a World Cup where set-pieces have played such a huge role and with teams becoming ever more cautious as the final approaches, that edge could prove the difference between England ending 52 years of hurt or falling at the penultimate hurdle.
Now the French will be looking to the likes of 19-year-old Kylian Mbappe to help propel them into the final when they come up against Belgium in Saint Petersburg on Tuesday.