Published: Fri, July 06, 2018
Sport | By Joe Gonzales

Why Brazil vs. Belgium Could Be the 'Best Game of the Tournament'

Why Brazil vs. Belgium Could Be the 'Best Game of the Tournament'

"I think it's a game that when you are a little boy, you dream of being involved in a World Cup, facing Brazil in a quarter-final", he said, "so from our point of view we can enjoy from the first second".

It's Belgium against Brazil in one of the most talent-filled games we've seen in Russian Federation.

Brazilian Rainforest For all Brazil's attacking riches, Belgium's biggest problem could be piercing a robust defence that has conceded just once, in their 1-1 opening draw with Switzerland. We are a team and in worldwide football that [being a team] is hard.

For Belgium, Eden Hazard has hit the peak form just on time while Romelu Lukaku, although wasteful in the previous match, is regularly scoring for his side. We also need the common sense not to show euphoria when we win, but to also not fear losing. "He's essential for us".

Brazil geared up for their clash against Belgium with a weights session as Tite's squad put the finishing touches to their preparations ahead of Friday's quarter-final.

"If it becomes a match of individual performances we've got no chance".

The only previous occasion these sides met in a World Cup was in the round of 16 in 2002, with Brazil winning 2-0 en route to winning the entire competition.

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The Red Devils were made to work hard in their round of 16 clash with Japan on Monday, as they came back from two goals down to beat the Blue Samurai 3-2 thanks to a stoppage-time victor from Nacer Chadli. That consistency is the reason Jeffrey Marcus, publisher of the World Cup newsletter "The Banter", calls Sweden "predictable but effective". It's an issue the Daily Mirror's Alex Richards believes coach Roberto Martinez can solve by granting De Bruyne more freedom and drafting Mousa Dembele into the starting XI alongside him.

Romelo Lukaku leads Belgium with four goals so far in the tournament.

Ahead of the match, Belgium forward Romelu Lukaku defended Neymar, with the Brazilian being accused of diving in Russian Federation.

France takes on Uruguay in Friday's first game, which kicks off at 10 am ET.

On the opposite flank, Filipe Luis has always been an able deputy to Marcelo in the National side, proving the same once again in the last two games as well. "The difference is we haven't won a World Cup, simple as that", he said.

The Manchester City midfielder has yet to start a game in Russian Federation but will replace Casemiro - who misses out through suspension - and is likely to be joined in the starting XI by club-mate Gabriel Jesus, despite the fact the forward has yet to score in the finals.

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