Brazil And Belgium Name Starting Lineups For World Cup Quarter-Final

Brazil And Belgium Name Starting Lineups For World Cup Quarter-Final

Belgian soccer fans celebrate after the Belgium's goal as they watch the Russian Federation 2018 World Cup quarter-final match between Brazil and Belgium, in Woluwe, Brussels, on July 6, 2018.

Belgium used a combination of daring, intelligence, resilience and not a little luck to oust World Cup favourites Brazil 2-1 in a memorable quarter-final tie today that would have made a worthy final.

Fernandinho of Brazil is challenged by Nacer Chadli of Belgium during the World Cup quarterfinal.

"A football match should never be settled with the horror of penalties". "When you are in a World Cup quarter-final facing Brazil, you don't need extra motivation".

"For me, there has to be another way".

Brazil are priced at 23/20 to win the match in 90 minutes, with Belgium available at 13/5 and the draw on offer at 12/5.

Brazil was every bit Belgium's equal and had chances to score, hitting the woodwork early on through Thiago Silva and forcing Thibaut Courtois to make several great saves.

Under their current coach Tite, Brazil have played 25 worldwide matches, during which they have conceded just six goals.

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"If I seem more relaxed, it's because the players have put me in this position by playing better", said Tite.

De Bruyne easily ranks among the most talented players in the entire tournament―let alone Belgium's squad―but the midfielder hadn't been at his best for the Red Devils in a long time, dating all the way back to the loss against Wales at Euro 2016. "When you say we are going to play in a certain way, they changed their tactical disposition and tactics.it (our gameplan) was executed to perfection".

With Kompany still finding his feet after his latest period out through injury, Brazil's swarming attacks could prove productive against the ageing Belgian backline.

"We have dribbling and technical skill in the final third of the pitch".

Gabriel Jesus's starting spot could be in doubt after another positive contribution from substitute Roberto Firmino against Mexico. There was the penalty shout that fell on deaf ears after striker Gabriel Jesus - who went scoreless in Russian Federation - was taken down by Vincent Kompany 10 minutes into the second half. "The pressure is enormous", he said.

"We know there is all kinds of provocation".

"It's important to keep our cool and produce another strong performance".

For Brazil, meanwhile, this loss will really sting, given they probably deserved to win the match on balance, edging out Belgium in terms of possession and the number of shots on target, with nine to Belgium's three, according to FIFA's match statistics.