Kompany eyeing semi-finals

  • Last Updated: July 2 2014, 16:29 BST

Vincent Kompany insists Belgium have a good chance of overcoming Argentina and reaching the World Cup semi-finals for the first time in 28 years.

Vincent Kompany (left): Belgium defender in confident mood
Vincent Kompany (left): Belgium defender in confident mood

The Manchester City defender insists the reason Belgium had failed to show their true colours in the group stage - where they beat Russia, Algeria and South Korea - was that their opponents had played it tight.

The USA, however, played a much more open game in their round of 16 game in Salvador when Belgium had 39 shots as they secured their progression to the last eight with two goals in extra time.

Kompany said: "If Argentina decide to play their usual attacking game, we'll have a pretty good chance against them.

"You need two teams to produce an exciting match. The Americans tried to push forward. That's all we were asking for. It takes two to tango, and they wanted the same thing as us."

Marc Wilmots said he was pleased that for the first time in the World Cup Belgium were not the favourites and claims he can see weaknesses in the Argentina side.

The Belgium coach said: "I know Argentina can play with three central defenders but I also saw a lack of balance in that team.

"For once we are not favourites and I don't mind about that at all, but we want to win and we want to go all the way. We will make sure we do well against a strong opponent but at this level we are all strong teams."