Witsel: Losing to USA would be a failure

The Belgium midfielder says his team are desperate to reach the quarter-finals of the World Cup and has tipped Eden Hazard to shine against Jurgen Klinsmann's team

Belgium losing to the USA in the second round of the World Cup would be a "failure", according to midfielder Axel Witsel.

Marc Wilmots' men face the United States in the round of 16 on Tuesday and are favourites despite being without Thomas Vermaelen, Anthony Vanden Borre and possibly Vincent Kompany due to injury, while Steven Defour will miss the match through suspension.

Witsel expects Belgium to reach the quarter-final and said it would be a major disappointment if they failed to do so.

"I think it's clear. If we fail to qualify for the quarter-finals, it will be a failure for us because we have a great team with great players and we have the quality to reach the quarter-finals," the 25-year-old said in a press conference.

"If we don't go through, we will be very disappointed."

Attacking midfielder Eden Hazard has been criticised for his performances, with even Wilmots demanding more of the Chelsea star.

However, Witsel believes Hazard can make the difference, starting with the clash against the USA in Salvador.

"We all trust in Eden. Everyone knows his great qualities," he added.

"He wants to make a difference all the time and I'm sure we will see the great Eden Hazard. He can still be decisive."

The Zenit St. Petersburg player also believes the midfield battle will be critical in Tuesday's meeting with Jurgen Klinsmann's team and he wants his team to control possession.

"It will be a tough game, which will probably be played mentally. Physically, it will be very tough," he said.

"I think once again, it will be decided in midfield. It is up to us to control the game, to have possession of the ball. I think we have the players and the quality to do so.

"We will give everything and try to lead the way."