Miranda named Brazil captain for Belgium clash

Posted July 06, 2018

At 2 p.m. ET, Brazil is scheduled to face Belgium in a quarterfinal World Cup matchup.

But all the focus is on Neymar right now. "The difference is, we haven't won a World Cup". Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho (sort of) defended the forward while speaking with a Russian broadcaster. "Every team has lots of diving, lots of pretending, lots of putting pressure on the referee".

Evidence of such quality, however, was in short supply in the early stages of their game with Japan.

Chelsea have been well represented in Russian Federation, with the Blues star duo two of those lucky enough to still be in the competition after a dramatic group stage and last 16 phase.

Brazil will be without Casemiro, who is suspended after picking his second yellow card of the tournament. Fernandinho is expected to step into his role.

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"They've probably looked the strongest, most organized team of the true real contenders", Murphy said in an interview on Cheddar Thursday.

Although Martinez and striker Romelu Lukaku say Brazil are favourites to triumph at the Kazan Arena, both believe the European side can reach the final four for the second time in their history.

Dubbed as a "golden generation", a talented Belgium squad will be keen to re-create history while perennial title contenders Brazil will aim to avoid yet another upset when the two teams meet in the quarter-finals of the 2018 FIFA World Cup on Friday.

After two days rest and recuperation - for both players and fans alike! - the World Cup finals get back underway with a vengeance in Russian Federation today with two mouth-watering quarter-finals to look forward to. Belgium has a poor record against South American sides at the World Cup.

Belgium will, of course, face a tough assignment on Friday.

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ET from Kaliningrad Stadium in Kaliningrad. "We want to breed a mentality that everyone in our squad wants to constantly win". Well over 30 games into the World Cup in Russian Federation and goals have been a certainty in all the matches played so far.

Brazil are playing the quarter-final for the seventh successive World Cup tournament.

"We knew by finishing first we would go down the hardest route but then this just has to be our final", he said. "At the moment we're definitely not failing, but there's a level above, which we need to achieve", Kompany said.

The model has taken into account that Brazil and Belgium have played each other four times, with Brazil winning three of the four matches.

Numerous experts expect Brazil to advance to the semifinals as well.

"It´s a dream match for our players", Martinez told Belgian press after sealing qualification for the last eight with a last-gasp 3-2 victory over Japan in the first phase of the knockout rounds. It correctly predicted draws in regulation for Spain-Russia (+280), Croatia-Denmark (+225) and England-Colombia (+215) and was all over Brazil and Belgium winning in regulation. Sports Illustrated's Planet Fútbol predicted Brazil would come out on top by a 2-1 score-line.

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