Willian Warns Hazard Ahead of Brazil-Belgium Battle

Virginia Santiago
July 6, 2018

Belgium scraped through their last-16 clash with Japan by scoring in second-half stoppage time - Nacer Chadli finishing off a devastating counter-attack to wrap up a 3-2 win after Martinez's side had fallen 2-0 behind.

Brazil coach Adenor Leonardo Bacchi fondly known as Tite is looking forward to a great game against Belgium in Friday's 2018 FIFA World Cup quarter-final clash at the Kazan Arena. "Of course I want them to grow more and more, that's the challenge". It has truly been one of the stand-out features of this World Cup so far, and Hazard et al are going to have to be at their dazzling best to get the better of a side who look to be peaking just as they need to in their quest for a sixth world title.

Lukaku believes the team has improved since Euro 2016, when they were knocked out in the quarter-finals by Wales. If you have to do a "chapeau" [trick which involves flicking the ball over your head], do it. When we do that our talent shows.

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

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But just, you know, sometimes you put yourself in a better or winning position, and you don't finish through. Spain's Garbine Muguruza opened her title defence with a 6-2, 7-5 win over British wildcard Naomi Broady .

"I don't think anyone expects us to go through to the semi-finals". Ah, I see you're too scared to reply.

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".

"If we play the game from a collective point of view, we have a chance". Kevin De Bruyne has been pulling the strings in midfield for his side effectively but his work has gone unnoticed for he has failed to create the expected magic.

The devastating denouement to Brazil's last World Cup campaign will not be forgotten in a hurry, not least because the Selecao's dream of a triumph on home turf remains unfulfilled.

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She raised her hands over her head in celebration before hugging her caddy, David Jones, and shedding some tears. Only 19 years old, Hataoka waited more than an hour for Park and Ryu to finish their rounds before the playoff.

"Individually, Brazil are the strongest team in this World Cup", Kompany, who made the last of his worldwide appearances as a substitute in the 1-0 win over England, told reporters. Casemiro has provided a strong shield in front of the Brazilian defence. They've only gone out twice at this stage in that run (vs France in 2006 and vs the Netherlands in 2010).

The main questions following disappointing defeats in the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 European Championship centred on the team's character.

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

Belgium can be backed at 7/5 to reach the last four and that looks the call in what could be one of the best matches of this summer's World Cup.

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What England is trying to do is advance beyond the round of 16 for the first time since 2006, when it reached the quarterfinals. Davinson Sanchez has played day-in, day-out against all of the players likely to be in the England starting eleven.

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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