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The coach felt his team dealt well with the dismissal of Steven Defour to maintain their perfect record in Brazil to date

Belgium boss Marc Wilmots has praised the contribution his substitutes made as his side finished off the World Cup group stage with a perfect record.

After the bench had a telling impact against Algeria and Russia in the opening two fixtures, Nacer Chadli and Divock Origi made telling contributions as Jan Vertonghen's second-half strike sealed a third straight win.

“You saw again today that the bench is very strong,” the coach reflected after the game. “Everyone who comes in gives 100% for Belgium and that’s the nicest thing about today. There’s also the victory of course but the manner in which we fought, the winning mentality. I think it’s deserved.”

Even a red card for Steven Defour after 45 minutes did not halt the Belgians’ winning streak, with the coach happy with how he was able to influence the game by introducing additional pace.

“We made the right changes at the right time with the pace of [Nacer] Chadli and [Divock] Origi,” he said.

“We played with two lines of four and one up front. Of course, they had to come at us and then they left spaces, which we took full advantage of.”

Belgium are unbeaten in their last nine group stage matches at the World Cup finals, winning six and drawing three.

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