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Monday, 10 June, 2002, 12:56 GMT 13:56 UK

Merckx: Painful to watch

By John Chapman
in Brussels

Belgium know that, if they beat Russia in their final game in Group H, they will take their place in the second round.

Few back home, however, would hold out much chance of the Red Devils making an impact against, presumably against Brazil in Kobe on 17 June.

" Marc Wilmots was our only real attacking threat - we need our forwards to be in better form "
Emilio Ferrera

Former national team manager Paul Van Himst thought Belgium deserved no more than a point in the 1-1 draw with Tunisia.

"It was a fair result. We should have taken more risks," Van Himst said.

"We had more pressure in the second half but we didn't create anything."

Former RWD Molenbeek manager and TV consultant Emilio Ferrera was equally concerned about Belgium's limited firepower.

"Marc Wilmots was our only real attacking threat," he said. "We need our forwards to be in better form.

"But we would have needed a result against Russia, regardless of the outcome today."

Five-time Tour de France winner Eddie Merckx summed up the feeling of most Belgians.

"It was painful to watch," he said.


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