Willian Warns Hazard Ahead of Brazil-Belgium Battle

Lynette Rowe
July 6, 2018

Manchester City star De Bruyne is yet to score at the World Cup but played a key part in Belgium's last-gasp victor against Japan in the round of 16, the Red Devils coming from two goals down to win 3-2.

From a Belgian perspective, tomorrow's World Cup quarter-final against Brazil in Kazan is a defining game for their talented generation of players but don't call them "golden", said defender Vincent Kompany yesterday.

This combination of photos shows fans of Brazil (L) and Belgium supporting their team during the Russian Federation 2018 World Cup football tournament.

Neymar has been criticised for playacting at the World Cup. We need to enjoy our game, be ourselves.

"It´s a dream match for our players", Martinez told Belgian press after sealing qualification for the last eight with a last-gasp 3-2 victory over Japan in the first phase of the knockout rounds.

"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". If we show the same mentality as we did on Monday, we have a big chance.

Strikers Romelu Lukaku and Dries Mertens, along with creative types Kevin De Bruyne and Eden Hazard, are a quartet of legitimate match-winners.

Overall, Brazil look far more compact and organised without the ball under Tite than they did in that unforgettable tournament four years ago under Luiz Felipe Scolari.

"Whether it's going to be realistic, I don't know". [But] with the options I have, I look at the bench and think I only have top players.

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Earlier the squad had been greeted by hundreds of supporters when they touched down in Kazan as Neymar took photos of the welcome and declared: "This is Brazil".

"And then you see the third goal and only Kevin De Bruyne can do what he did".

Belgium and Brazil have only met each four times previously, with Brazil winning three of those games, including their most recent encounter at the 2002 World Cup. Casemiro has provided a strong shield in front of the Brazilian defence.

Brazil does a good job containing Belgium's attack, Neymar scores again and the South Americans move on to the semifinals. They've only gone out twice at this stage in that run (vs France in 2006 and vs the Netherlands in 2010).

Only Germany and Argentina, with four wins each, have won more World Cup shootouts than Brazil.

Brazil are unbeaten in their last 15 matches in all competitions (W11 D4), conceding just three goals in that run.

Belgium have reached consecutive World Cup quarter-finals for the first time - they lost at this stage to Argentina in 2014.

Coverage: Watch the game live on BBC One from 18:30 BST, the BBC Sport website and app. Listen live on 5 live, with live text commentary online.

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