In the report by its technical review group on the 2018 Football World Cup in Russia, FIFA commented upon the performance of each of the four semi-final teams. The Red Devils team had the “most fluid play” and showed that “to go far in a competition of this type, it was necessary to demonstrate quality performance at both ends of the pitch.”
FIFA technical analysts stated, “Belgium was the team with the most fluid play in the World Cup, having highly technical and versatile players.” They went on, “Team strategy consisted in always attacking as a team demonstrating spectacular football. It produced success, as the Red Devils won no less than six out of their seven matches. In goal, Thibaut Courtois proved exemplary and moreover received the Gant d´or adidas, which rewards the tournament’s best goalkeeper, proving that to go far in competition, it is necessary to demonstrate quality performance at both ends of the pitch.”
The technical statistical analysis of the team led by Roberto Martinez emphasized that 87% of its passes were successful and that the team possessed the ball for 53% of the overall time it was in play. The team ran an average of 105,014 kilometres per match, the overall average for all competing teams was 104,662 kilometres. Some 94% of its 16 goals were notched up from the penalty area and a single one from an actual penalty. The Red Devils had an average of 15.3 goal kicks per match, including 5.7 that were on target.