Belgium's test vs. Brazil a generation in the making

Vincent Kompany is ready for Belgium's clash against Brazil

Brazil centre-back pairing Joao Miranda and Thiago Silva have been solid and will aim to keep it that way as the five-time champions target a place in the semi-finals and a match with either France or Uruguay.

Meanwhile, Miranda will be the Brazil captain tomorrow against Belgium. Their most recent meeting came in the last 16 of the 2002 World Cup, where goals by Rivaldo and Ronaldo gave Brazil a 2-0 victory.

The second quarter-final of FIFA World Cup 2018 will pit two of the pre-tournament favourites that are coming into the tie with contrasting runs of form.

"We knew by finishing first we would go down the hardest route but then this just has to be our final", he said. It's as simple as that. Belgium were fancied before the tournament and they are performing like genuine contenders.

"When we see the colour yellow, we're very proud".

The onus will again rest on Brazil's talisman Neymar, who is starting to deliver but also continues to attract attention for the wrong reasons.

Tipped as dark horses for the title leading up to the tournament, Belgium kept excitement brimming over during a superb group phase that reaped nine goals for only two conceded.

And while Brazil boast huge strength in depth, Martinez, too, has options from the bench.




"It is a big occasion, you can not hide it, if you try and hide it you are a little bit of a stupid person", the Spanish coach said.

"We can't wait to be there".

"We can't wait. I feel we are as ready as we can be". Former England global Gary Lineker, in a tweet, wrote, "Neymar has the lowest pain threshold of any player in World Cups since Opta stats began", in a tongue in cheek comment. "It won't be easy, but we have the quality to make the difference".

Lukaku has defended Neymar from accusations of play-acting on the pitch and backed him to become the best player in the world, during the lead-up to their last-eight showdown on Saturday.

The rest of the side should remain unchanged though, with the core players retaining their places against Belgium even though Roberto Firmino seems to have made a case for a start. Strong defensively whilst having a squad of attacking talent that can effectively score at any moment.

Belgium have no new injury concerns, although manager Roberto Martinez must decide whether to start with the same team that began the Japan game or the one that finished it so well.

Eighth minute, 0-0: Belgium's Nacer Chadli responds at the other end, curling a shot just wide of Brazil's near post.

Meanwhile, Japan thought they had the game locked away with a 2-0 lead in the second half, but then Belgium stormed back to go up 3-2 in the fourth minute of stoppage time to win the game; it's the first time in almost 50 years that a team has overcome a 2-0 deficit to win a game.

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