Survivors Belgium brace for Brazil challenge

Jul 07, 2018, 01:15
Survivors Belgium brace for Brazil challenge

After automatically qualifying as host country and entering the tournament as the lowest-ranked side, Russian Federation reached the World Cup knockout stage for the first time in post-Soviet history after victories against Saudi Arabia and Egypt. We are facing a huge game in the quarter-finals and it doesn't matter who the opponents are.

They will look to exploit a Belgium defence that has let through four goals and has a trio of big centre backs that may be exposed for pace by the nippy Neymar, Willian and Philippe Coutinho.

Fifa president Gianni Infantino has invited the Thai boys' football team trapped in a cave to the World Cup final as messages of support poured in from top players.

"Nature creates different whimsical shapes, but it's the first time that we came across a diamond looking just like a soccer ball", the group said in a statement. Ah, I see you're too scared to reply. There's no reason to be so against Brazil.

On the flanks, Willian and Philippe Coutinho can stretch defenses, and fire in shots and crosses, while Neymar and Gabriel Jesus can also pull defenses apart from more central positions. We have to work hard and give our best in every game if we want to win the title.

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. There is likely to be yet more drama in their quarterfinal encounter, a game in which Kompany said his country start as underdogs. All he needs is the goal and you've got the ideal centre forward performance'.

For years, much has been expected of a crop of players, which Kompany previously captained, including Kevin De Bruyne, Eden Hazard, Thibault Courtois and Dries Mertens but Belgium have so far not delivered on their promise, going out in the quarter-finals of the 2014 World Cup and at the European Championships in France two years ago.

To be fair to his critics, though, what the midfield maestro has not been able to do in Russian Federation is dictate play in the last third of the pitch as he has done so successfully at club level for Manchester City. It'll be a very special day for us, but I believe in our chances. "I believe 100 percent we can beat them".

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