Belgium ready for defining game against Brazil, says Vincent Kompany

And now they have a great opportunity to make history by beating Brazil.

"We're up against the favourites, but this will show us where we stand as a team".

"There is something special in this squad, no doubt about it".

"We all feel it, but I tell the players, "don't listen and don't watch". At the moment we're definitely not failing, but there's a level above, which we need to achieve", Kompany said.

The Seleção, fixated on redemption after a 7-1 semifinal loss to Germany on home soil four years ago, take aim at returning to the final four, and appear to be rounding into form on both sides of the ball.

The Manchester City midfielder has yet to start a game in Russian Federation but will replace Casemiro - who misses out through suspension - and is likely to be joined in the starting XI by club-mate Gabriel Jesus, despite the fact the forward has yet to score in the finals.

But Miranda said there was more to Roberto Martinez's men than just the Manchester United striker. However, they have conceded four goals in four games and Japan had them on the brink of an exit in the last 16.

This will be the fifth meeting between these sides.

30' - Free kick to Brazil from near the corner flag.

Brazil hasn't overcome European opposition in the knockout stages since their 2002 World Cup victory.


Brazil have had three consecutive 2-0 wins, but they've faced relatively modest competition.

Brazil won the 1994 World Cup final by defeating Italy in a shootout following a goalless draw, eliminated the Netherlands on penalties to make it to the 1998 final and advanced to the quarterfinals four years ago by ousting Chile the same way. They have only gone out twice at this stage in that run (against France in 2006 and Netherlands in 2010).

The model also knows that Belgium is led by powerful scorers such has Romelu Lukaku, Kevin De Bruyne and Eden Hazard and has tallied 12 goals thus far in the World Cup 2018.

The victor of the clash between Brazil and Belgium will face either France or Uruguay in the semi-finals.

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As the World Cup bursts back into life, Brazil are aiming to continue on the path towards winning a record-extending sixth World Cup at Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium on July 15.

- Neymar has been involved in 20 goals in his last 19 matches for Brazil, scoring 11 and laying on another nine to team-mates.

"As a former defender, I love watching Silva and Miranda play", former France defender William Gallas said in his role as a consultant for French radio station RMC.

Defensive midfielder Casemiro has been ruled out due to accumulation of yellow cards and set to be replaced by Fernandinho in the starting XI.

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