World Cup 2014: Belgium have no fear says Jan Vertonghen
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.
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.
"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."