Brazil will find it hard to topple Belgium

Belgium’s Eden Hazard will go head-to-head with Brazil’s Neymar in the World Cup quarter-finals

Belgium’s Eden Hazard will go head-to-head with Brazil’s Neymar in the World Cup quarter-finals

"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".

Inspired by Neymar brilliance and the wiles of Willian, Brazil sent a tough Mexico side packing with a 2-0 defeat that cemented Tite's side as favourites to claim a record-extending sixth World Cup trophy.

"We have worked hard over two years for this and we are as ready as we ever can be". Kompany is well aware of the talent in Brazil's squad, but he is also confident that Belgium can overcome the challenge.

Coach Tite will be without defensive midfielder Casemiro due to suspension, while Douglas Costa (thigh) remains a doubt.

Tite, the Brazil coach, is coming under pressure to drop Jesus and start Liverpool forward Roberto Firmino in the Selecao's quarter-final against Belgium in Kazan tomorrow night (7.0).

Defender Miranda joined Tite at the press conference at the Kazan Arena and the Inter Milan man will captain the side.

Coach Roberto Martinez won praise for his substitutions, with both Marouane Fellaini and Nacer Chadli scoring, the latter with practically the last kick of the match. They've only gone out twice at this stage in that run (vs France in 2006 and vs the Netherlands in 2010).

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

Martinez saw Belgium recover from 2-0 down to snatch a last-gasp 3-2 win over Japan in the round of 16 and book their meeting with the five-time World Cup winners.

Belgium have scored 12 goals so far in the 2018 World Cup - at no single tournament in the competition have they scored more (also 12 in 1986).

- Neymar has been involved in 20 goals in his last 19 matches for Brazil, scoring 11 and laying on another nine to team-mates.

"Individually, Brazil are the strongest team in this World Cup", Kompany, who made the last of his global appearances as a substitute in the 1-0 win over England, told reporters.

Romelo Lukaku leads Belgium with four goals so far in the tournament. For half a decade this generation of Belgian players has been touted as one that would, one day, be able to take on and beat the best: now they have to prove it and, as much as any demonstration of their football ability, the key will surely lie in how they master their psychological approach. Against Brazil, it will not be about ball possession, but what you do with it. Ah, I see you're too scared to reply.

"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".

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