World Cup 2014: Belgium have no fear says Jan Vertonghen

Jan Vertonghen
Belgium have only been ahead for 52 minutes in their four World Cup games so far in 2014, less than any of the seven other teams in the quarter finals

Belgium have got nothing to be scared of ahead of Saturday's World Cup quarter-final against Argentina, according to defender Jan Vertonghen.

Argentina's Lionel Messi, 27, has scored four goals in four matches but both sides boast a 100% record.

"We are a team that is difficult for an opponent to play against. We are certainly not scared," said Vertonghen.

"We have to stand together. If Messi gets past one of us, there must be a second and third player to stop him."

While Belgium recognise the threat of Argentina captain and Barcelona's four-time World Football of the Year Messi, they believe they have their own potential match winner ahead of the tie in Brasilia.

Romelu Lukaku scores
Four of Belgium's six goals at the 2014 World Cup have been scored by substitutes

Chelsea's Eden Hazard, 23, has set up two winning goals in his side's four wins but has shown only glimpses of his quality.

"We've got Eden," said team-mate Kevin Mirallas. "You can't compare him with Messi or (Cristiano) Ronaldo, but he is still something special."

Meanwhile Belgium midfielder Axel Witsel said the game in the Brazilian capital might even prove easier than their previous matches at the tournament.

The Red Devils won their three group games by the odd goal and needed extra time to edge past the United States in the last 16.

"It is understandable that in the group phase we played against cagey teams and found it difficult against them," he said.

"Against the Americans there was much more room and I expect Argentina to look to dictate the play.

"Hopefully that gives us room to infiltrate and our players can profit from the gaps they offer.

"We have a lot of players with pace. The Argentines haven't played well to date."