Belgium's Kevin De Bruyne plays the ball during the round of 16 match against Japan at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Rostov Arena, in Rostov-on-Don, Russia, Monday, July 2, 2018. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)
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If Kevin De Bruyne is having a quiet World Cup, as some pundits have suggested, it can only be because expectations surrounding the Belgium playmaker are so incredibly high.In the round of 16 against Japan, it was De Bruyne's surging 60-meter run out of defense that created the last-gasp winner for Nacer Chadli to seal a remarkable comeback and send the Red Devils into their quarterfinal against Brazil.Some 25 minutes later and the biggest comeback in a World Cup knockout match for nearly half a century – since West Germany's 3-2 victory over England in the 1970 quarterfinals – was complete, but Martinez knows that Belgium cannot afford to give the five-time world champions any kind of a head start Friday.
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