talkSPORT looks ahead to the quarter-final clash in Kazan on Friday evening
It’s the quarter-finals and Brazil vs Belgium is set be an absolute thriller in Kazan.
As we get to the Business end of the tournament, we now have two titans going head-to-head for a place in the World Cup semi-finals.
Neymar vs Eden Hazard. Philippe Coutinho vs Kevin De Bruyne. Willian vs Dries Mertens.
If it’s anything like the Red Devils’ dramatic 3-2 comeback victory over Japan in the last-16, then we’re in for a treat.
Brazil made lighter work of their route to the quarter-final, cruising past Mexico with a 2-0 win.
Neymar and Hazard are arguably the two best players remaining at the tournament and both will be desperate to shine in the absence of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.
You can listen to the match unfold live from the Kazan Arena on talkSPORT.
What the managers are saying:
Tite (Brazil): “It will be a great match. Both teams excel with a beautiful football. Belgium have great players and a great coach as well. I’ve always put them in the group of favourites (for the title).”
Roberto Martinez (Belgium): “We will need power. We have to defend as well as we can and then cause them pain when we have the ball.”
What the players are saying:
Thiago Silva (Brazil): “They are very strong physically and technically. Belgium deserve to play in the quarter-final.
“I think that in all competitions, Brazil is the favourite. But we know that’s not enough.”
Dries Mertens (Belgium): “With the qualities of Romelu [Lukaku] and Eden [Hazard], we can create a great deal of danger.
“We are doing really well. We like to score a lot of goals.”
What’s the team news?
The Selecao are without their rock in central midfield – Real Madrid’s Casemiro picked up his second yellow against Mexico and will be suspended for the quarter-final. Tite has a more-than-capable replacement in Manchester City’s Fernandinho, though.
Brazilian full-back Marcelo missed the last-16 through injury but has returned to training.
Belgium are injury-free, although Roberto Martinez has a selection headache after substitutes Nacer Chadli and Marouane Fellaini proved to be the match-winners against Japan.
Brazil: Alisson; Fagner, Silva, Miranda, Marcelo; Paulinho, Fernandinho, Coutinho; Willian, Jesus, Neymar.
Belgium: Courtois; Alderweireld, Kompany, Vertonghen; Chadli, Witsel, De Bruyne, Meunier; Fellaini, E. Hazard; Lukaku
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Source : TalkSport