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Already through, but Belgium promises no slackening of effort for World Cup game v South Korea

It's not a bad dilemma for a World Cup coach — stick with the team that already qualified for the World Cup's second round, or go with a second-string lineup to give the stars a rest and protect them from suspension.

Looking back, though, it is no dilemma at all for Belgium coach Marc Wilmots.

He said on the eve of Thursday's clash against South Korea that "we have to win every time. We started calculating in 1994 and it turned into a disaster." He knows. He was in that team.

After victories over Morocco and arch-rival the Netherlands, Belgium went in with a second-string team against Saudi Arabia and lost. The sequence was broken and Belgium eventually exited in the Round of 16.