Brazil seek to temper World Cup hopes of Belgiums Golden Generation

Brazil seek to temper World Cup hopes of Belgiums Golden Generation

Brazil seek to temper World Cup hopes of Belgiums Golden Generation

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.

The turn of the tide seemed to coincide with Fellaini and Chadli coming on in the 65th minute, giving Belgium more of a physical edge than they had previously with Dries Mertens and Yannick Carrasco, as both substitutes found the net.

Brazil were more convincing in their 2-0 win over Mexico in the previous round than Belgium were in overcoming an underrated Japan. Neymar in the future will be the best player in the world.

'There has been so much debate about Neymar simulating fouls or wasting time on the floor, but I think that in a competition like this - with VAR - we shouldn't be paying too much attention to this, ' Rivaldo said. If you have to do a "chapeau" [trick which involves flicking the ball over your head], do it. Two years later, in the face of determined defending, he faded when it mattered most and drifted out of the game as Wales knocked them out of the Euros with a 3-1 shock.

The Brazil assistant manager Cleber Xavier, speaking alongside Tite in his pre-match news conference, revealed that they have leaned upon the in-form winger for advice as they bid to halt a side that has already scored 12 goals at Russian Federation 2018. If we show the same mentality as we did on Monday, we have a big chance. Roberto Martinez will know they have to have a go at Brazil so I can see a high-scoring affair.

The two sides meet in Kazan on Friday and Willian, who counts Hazard as a friend at the cosmopolitan Stamford Bridge, said there will be no mercy.

If Neymar plays well, Brazil play well - it is as simple as that.

Brazil does a good job containing Belgium's attack, Neymar scores again and the South Americans move on to the semifinals. Over the course of history Brazil have played just one game fewer than Germany in World Cup finals football and yet have conceded 22 fewer goals, while only Italy have a better goals-per-game defensive average.

Meanwhile, the likes of Thomas Meunier, Jan Vertonghen and Kevin De Bruyne will need to be careful as their next booking will lead to a one-match ban. Casemiro has provided a strong shield in front of the Brazilian defence. They have only gone out twice at this stage in that run (against France in 2006 and Netherlands in 2010).

'If the defenders manage to stop Neymar without fouling him then he can not stay on the floor for too long, ' Rivaldo, a 2002 World Cup victor, said.

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.

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