‘Winners’ Fellaini, Chadli keep African interest alive

MOSCOW, Russia (Reuters) – The World Cup semi-finals may be an all-European affair but Belgium’s unlikely heroes Marouane Fellaini and Nacer Chadli have ensured that at least one part of North Africa has retained a strong interest in the tournament.

FILE PHOTO: Belgium’s Nacer Chadli celebrates with Marouane Fellaini and team mates in Rostov-on-Don, Russia – July 2, 2018. REUTERS/Toru Hanai/File Photo

The midfield duo, who both have dual Moroccan-Belgian nationality, kept Belgium alive with their goals off the bench in the extraordinary round of 16 comeback against Japan and were handed starts in the 2-1 win over Brazil.

In the Kazan quarter-final, Fellaini rewarded coach Roberto Martinez with 90 minutes of hassling, harrying and sometimes hacking that played havoc with the flow of…

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