Brazil vs Belgium, 6 July 2018

Brazil vs Belgium, 6 July 2018

When Belgium take on Brazil in the Kazan Arena on Saturday morning (NZ time), it could be a busy 90 minutes for Fagner, the Brazilian right-back.

Four years after opening his World Cup account with a crucial extra-time victor over the United States in the group stages, Lukaku started Russian Federation 2018 with a bang. The Red Devils' wit and perseverance will now be tested against the juggernaut of Brazil in a quarter-final which will be played on July 7, Friday.

"We know there is all kinds of provocation, it's a way to hide your fear", Miranda said.

"He is one of the best players in the world, but now I am on a different side and I want to do everything to win". It's as simple as that. They ended up winning the tournament as well.

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

While Tite has come in for criticism for his policy, it means that all but one of the expected starting XI against Belgium will have captained Brazil from the start before. This week, the participants will be sifted down from eight to four as the four quarter-finals are played.

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.

Belgium have handed starts to last-16 substitutes Marouane Fellaini and Nacer Chadli, who both played a key role in the turnaround success against Japan, in which they had trailed 2-0.

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

More news: Brazil ace Neymar hits back at Mexico tactics: It's unfair!

"Everyone was saying you should come in second (in Group G). but look at the European Championship when we had the same route as England now and things went wrong straight away".

"There is something special in this squad".

"We can't wait to be there". "[But] I think offensively that we are really strong".

Belgium's Romelu Lukaku has scored with four of his five shots on target so far at the 2018 World Cup.

However, there were calls for Liverpool striker, Roberto Firmino to replace the out-of-form Gabriel Jesus in Brazil's side after his goal against Mexico.

"We'll have to be very, very aware to try and keep him quiet", said Martinez.

Twitter users have even stated they have a reduced interest in the football on display, and instead have suggested the game be decided on which team has the best afro haircuts.

But the the 30-year-old Real Madrid player is fully fit, offering Brazil attacking options down the left flank for a game Belgium's "Golden Generation" of players must win if they are to fulfil expectations of reaching the latter stages. The difference in quality at the back should make all the difference to the final result as well though, which is where Brazil should triumph eventually.

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