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Brazil's Marcelo to return against Belgium as Miranda warns of tough test

06 July 2018, 02:14 | Charlene Valdez

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In the previous five outings against Brazil, Belgium has managed just one win but the sixth clash between the two footballing giants can end up with a different scoreline and Belgium has all the potential to do so.

While they were stretched as a defensive unit at times by Mexico in the round of 16, their scramble defence is far more effective than four years ago.

Tite, the Brazil coach, is coming under pressure to drop Jesus and start Liverpool forward Roberto Firmino in the Selecao's quarter-final against Belgium in Kazan tomorrow night (7.0). 'I've seen many referee mistakes during the World Cup, lots of stuff happening that is not being commented on, but still all the focus is on Neymar'.

'There has been so much debate about Neymar simulating fouls or wasting time on the floor, but I think that in a competition like this - with VAR - we shouldn't be paying too much attention to this, ' Rivaldo said.

"We will need power". I don't care. If it's going to be a game of individual performances and just that, then let me tell you right now we have no chance against Brazil. If we show the same mentality as we did on Monday, we have a big chance.

"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.

"I've been delighted with Kevin De Bruyne's role, his understanding of his importance in this group and the way we want to play".


The stylish Eden Hazard and Belgium are the next group deployed to break down this Brazilian defence, but the changes Tite has made mean they are as hard to breach as at any time in their recent history.

Earlier the squad had been greeted by hundreds of supporters when they touched down in Kazan as Neymar took photos of the welcome and declared: "This is Brazil".

Belgium's defender Vincent Kompany (L) vies for the ball with Japan's forward Yuya Osako during the Russian Federation 2018 World Cup round of 16 football match between Belgium and Japan at the Rostov Arena in Rostov-On-Don on July 2, 2018. With Casemiro out, De Bruyne can be the man to exploit Brazil's core.

Brazil have moved from their World Cup base of Sochi as they enter the latter stages of the tournament. They have only gone out twice at this stage in that run (against France in 2006 and Netherlands in 2010).

The main questions following disappointing defeats in the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 European Championship centred on the team's character.

Coverage: Watch the game live on BBC One from 18:30 BST, the BBC Sport website and app. Listen live on 5 live, with live text commentary online.



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