Top scorers meet best defense in Brazil vs Belgium clash


"I think Kevin De Bruyne's influence in our team has been a lot deeper, a little bit more earlier, allowing his team to have the influence that we have in the final third and being a real playmaker for us".

"I think that yesterday or the day before was 20 years since that (Germany) game - history is repeating itself, it doesn't have to be 3-0, 1-0 would suffice", he said of the July 4 clash in Lyon.

Martinez signed a new contract to lead Belgium to the 2020 European Championships and said he lived "from project to project" and that in football "you can only look at the present".

"You have to accept that Brazil have finesse and they will break you down but we did not accept it".

Following some superb attacking displays, comparisons with the 1998 team that midfielder Ivan Rakitic - who was born in Switzerland to parents who originally hailed from Croatia - remembers so well were inevitably made.

The three-storey portrait of Ronaldo was painted to welcome the five-times World Player of the Year when Portugal played in the capital of Tatarstan in the 2017 Confederations Cup.

The players remain trapped despite being reached this week by cave-diving rescuers, who released footage of them looking emaciated but calm, some wearing football shirts.

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In the round of 16 against Japan, it was De Bruyne's surging 60-metre run out of defence that created the last-gasp victor for Nacer Chadli to seal a remarkable comeback and send the Red Devils into their quarter-final against Brazil.

"I am really happy for the match, not only individually but also for the whole team".

"We will need power", Belgium's coach Roberto Martinez said in what could be a hint toward his intentions.

Not only has Belgium not won any of its games against South American teams in the knockout stages, it hasn't even managed to score a goal. "In Brazil, as you know, we have a saying.'Envy is a bitch'". We have to repeat what we have been doing in the last four games, be well organised and defend well. Ah, I see you're too scared to reply.

Much of the focus surrounding Brazil's bid for a record-extending sixth world title has inevitably been on Neymar. The game will be held in Kazan will start at 21:00.

"He is a very humble player and I like being with him on a daily basis at club level".