We're playing winning football, not sexy football - Dembele

The Belgium midfielder admits his side are not playing at their best but believes there is more to come as they head into the last 16 of the World Cup
By Kris Voakes at Arena Corinthians, Sao Paulo

Moussa Dembele insists that Belgium are content with their World Cup performances so far after their 10 men saw off South Korea to record a perfect nine points in Group H.

The Red Devils overcame the loss of Steven Defour to a straight red card just before half-time to win 1-0 - their third successive one-goal victory.

But the Tottenham midfielder says he is unconcerned about their style of play thus far, saying that performances will come as the players’ confidence grows.

“We’re happy with the start. It’s maybe not the sexiest football we’ve shown but we’re very happy with nine points out of nine,” Dembele told Goal.

“You see that with every game we win we have more confidence. Today was a bit difficult as well; in the second half we did a lot of defending, but at the end of the day it was positive.”

Defour was dismissed for a two-footed challenge on Kim Shin-Woo just before the break, but Jan Vertonghen netted a second-half winner for Marc Wilmots’ side.

And Dembele added that it took a lot of effort to come out on top after Defour’s departure.

 “It wasn’t as easy as it looked maybe because with 10 men it was quite difficult, we did a lot of running,” he said. “But we created some chances and it was not bad in the end.”

Belgium’s qualification as Group H winners secures them a round of 16 clash with USA in Salvador on Tuesday, and the 26-year-old says the Red Devils will be fully focused when they come up against Jurgen Klinsmann’s men.

“Team USA are a great team and I hope we won’t underestimate them because we know they have great quality. Plus I know Clint Dempsey and he’s an unbelievable player of course.”