Belgium - World Cup - 6 July 2018

Belgium's defender Vincent Kompany tries to score against Japan's goalkeeper Eiji Kawashima during their Russia 2018 World Cup round of 16 match at the Rostov Arena in Rostov-On-Don

Belgium ready for defining game against Brazil, says Vincent Kompany

Play at the 2018 FIFA World Cup gets back underway Friday, and the day's quarterfinal match-ups shouldn't disappoint. This week, the participants will be sifted down from eight to four as the four quarter-finals are played.

Brazil play Belgium at the Kazan Arena tomorrow, with the victor facing either Uruguay or France in the semi-finals.

Belgium, on the other hand, seem to have dropped off a little since starting off the tournament with a bang.

Brazil are yet to be awarded a penalty - apart from the one VAR took away from them against Switzerland - but it could be time for one to go their way.

Brazil did top their group standings before meeting Mexico in the Round of 16.

He also hinted Barcelona midfielder Paulinho would start, but that Liverpool's Firmino would be on the bench. The Seleção have Marcelo and Danilo fully fit for today's game. "It was a complicated match against a unsafe side, but we were solid at the back".

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Brazil right back Danilo is out of the World Cup after injuring his ankle in training. Filipe Luis had filled in for the fit-again Marcelo when he was missing in Brazil's last two games due to injury.

Winger Douglas Costa has overcome a minor muscle problem and is available.

Fernandinho replaces the suspended Casemiro at the base of Brazil's midfield. We're going to be very excited to see Brazil in front of us. Belgium has not lost a competitive worldwide match since manager Roberto Martinez took over in August 2016 and is eyeing its second World Cup semifinal berth. Toby Alderweireld, 4. Vincent Kompany, 5. Three of the four are really experienced defenders so you have to know how to attack.

Yannick Ferreira Carrasco and Dries Mertens are the two players to miss out.

Brazil have been handed a major boost ahead of their Last 8 clash vs Belgium.

Although Martinez says "power" will be vital against Brazil, he would be wise to remember that he also has one of the world's most decisive midfielders at his disposal.

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Although Brazil are favourites to win the World Cup, Belgium are formidable opponents and there are reasons to believe they could spring a surprise in Kazan. Both teams are ranked high on the Federation Internationale de Football Association list, with Brazil in second place, and Belgium one spot behind them in third. According to Sky Bet, Brazil is considered the favorite to win the World Cup at 5/2 odds, but Belgium isn't too far behind at 6/1. They have only gone out twice at this stage in that run (against France in 2006 and Netherlands in 2010). He also had the most touches (48) in the opposition's penalty box, among all the players in the World Cup so far.

Eden Hazard has been directly involved in 19 goals in his 18 games for Belgium under Roberto Martinez, scoring 10 and assisting nine.

The Manchester City player will remain with the squad while undergoing treatment. Brazil has won five titles while the Belgians are still seeking their first.

Belgium's incredible comeback against Japan in the first knockout round means World Cup fans are getting a battle of two modern titans as early as the quarterfinals of the tournament. What makes me happy is to have him playing at his best. "But we have other quality players to fill in when he is absent".

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