David Lee in Russia: Possession without penetration is pointless at this World Cup

Belgium's Nacer Chadli scores their third goal.PHOTO: REUTERS

SAMARA, RUSSIA - Possession is no longer nine-tenths of the law, as far as the World Cup is concerned.

Only one out of the eight quarter-finalists controlled significant majority of the ball (more than 55 per cent) in their respective round of 16 matches and, even then, Belgium had 58 per cent of possession but fell 2-0 down and needed a last-minute winner to beat Japan 3-2.

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