Unbelievable results for the Red Devils at the World Cup
The nation had huge expectations of this incredibly talented team. And the Red Devils did not disappoint. Quite the opposite! Having reached the semi-finals of the World Cup for the second time (the first was in 1986), they were able to finish in third place in Russia. Considered by many as the most captivating team in the tournament, the figures speak for themselves.
The Red Devils scored 16 goals during the competition, more than any other team in the tournament. Ten Belgian players scored, equalling the record for the highest number of scorers from the same team in a World Cup, which is held jointly by France (1982) and Italy (2006).
The Red Devils also equalled a 48-year record by coming back from two goals down to win a World Cup knock-out match. Belgium ended this run by beating Japan 3-2 in the round of sixteen. In Mexico in 1970, West Germany achieved a similar feat, beating England (3-2) after extra time.
At an individual level, some players really made their mark on this historic campaign. Eden Hazard achieved ten successful dribbles against Brazil in the quarter finals (out of ten attempts), the highest number ever during a World Cup match for a player with a 100% successful dribble rate. Thibaut Courtois made the highest number of saves (27) during the competition and was awarded the Golden Glove as the tournament's best goalkeeper.