Belgium fancied to knock Brazil out of the World Cup

Belgium ready for defining game against Brazil, says Vincent Kompany

Martinez insists Belgium are ready for huge Brazil clash

Coach Tite will be without defensive midfielder Casemiro due to suspension, while Douglas Costa (thigh) remains a doubt.

He doesn't have any better ideas, though. Ahead of their latest meeting on Friday, The Hard Tackle takes a closer look at the quarter-final encounter.

"We know there is all kinds of provocation, it's a way to hide your fear", Miranda said.

Belgium, bidding to reach their first semi-finals since 1986 in Mexico, face a huge challenge to knock off Tite's men but after surviving Japan, they already feel they are playing with house money.

"You have to find solutions, you have to find reaction but what you have to find more than anything is the desire and togetherness of a group of players, that they are desperate to perform", Martinez said.

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Brazil was slow out of the gate in its 2-0 victory over Mexico Monday, but so was Belgium.

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"Taking penalties is a technique that is associated with emotional control", Tite said. Even referees could be influenced by this controversy and punish Neymar unfairly, but he must try to relax and I believe manager Tite would try to calm him down, telling him to just play his game as he always does. The first shootout came at the 1982 tournament in Spain.

Come Friday, Willian has nonetheless made it clear that their friendship will take on minimal significance as the 29-year-old eyes another eye-catching performance to propel Brazil to the semi-finals in Russian Federation. But Belgium has arguably its best-ever team this year with strength in all positions.

Those expectations have since been tempered after Belgium sneaked into the last eight following a last-gasp 3-2 win over Japan. Belgium have great players and a great coach as well.

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For all Brazil´s attacking riches, Belgium´s biggest problem could be piercing a robust defence that has conceded just once, in their 1-1 opening draw with Switzerland.

"The creative power of Belgium is very strong, their quality", he said. Of those 58, 23 have been won by Neymar, who is the most fouled player at the tournament with 23 - four more than any other player.

"Our defence is going to be very well prepared to neutralise all of the opponents' attacks".

But, they were largely comfortable in their Round of 16 game against Mexico, as the Selecao saw of El Tri in an efficient 2-0 win.

Should Kompany feature in the match against Brazil, he will nearly certainly come across Neymar, who at this tournament has come under heavy criticism for "theatrics" in order to gain a positive decision from referees on the pitch.

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