World Cup 2014: Belgium Deny Taking Korea Lightly

Belgium have qualified for the round of 16 by winning their opening two group games but coach Marc Wilmots said there would be no let-up in intensity against South Korea, who need a big victory to stand any chance of staying in the tournament.

updated: June 26, 2014 15:55 IST
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Belgium coach Wilmots said it was important to keep his players fresh -- and he promised his team would "go for it" in Thursday's game in Sao Paulo.

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Sao Paulo: Belgium coach Marc Wilmots denied he was taking South Korea lightly Wednesday despite saying he would field a much-changed line-up for their final World Cup group game.

Captain Vincent Kompany and Thomas Vermaelen are out with minor injuries and Wilmots said Belgium would also take the opportunity to give game-time to reserve players.

Belgium are already into the last 16 but the comments prompted concerns from one journalist from Russia, who are vying with Algeria and South Korea for Group H's other spot.

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