Match Preview – Belgium vs Brazil

Belgium will play Brazil at the quarter finals of the 2018 FIFA World Cup. Belgium came from a two goal down against Japan in the round of 16 to progress to the quarter fianls. Brazil also eased past Mexico in the last 16 stage to get to the quarters.

The red devils of Belgium have proven to be vulnerable at the back. Nevertheless, with players like Romelu Lukaku – who sits second on the scoring chart at the 2018 World Cup with four goals – and Eden Hazard, they have also shown themselves to be capable of scoring or creating something at any given moment. It is not for nothing that they are labelled the country’s golden generation.

Much will be dependant on Neymar Junior, Philipe Coutinho, Willian Borges Da Silva and Gabriel Jesus if the Selecao can knock out the Belgians in the quarter finals. The attcaking machinery of Brazil havent lived up to expectation; they have scored only 7 goals thus far in the gtournament. Gabriel Jesus and Willian are yet to score.

A win for Belgium will see them winning a fifth consecutive World Cup match, which would set a new national record. The first and only time Belgium played Brazil at the global showpiece was in the last 16 in 2002 when goals from Rivaldo and Ronaldo earned victory for Brazil. That is a result that current playmakers Neymar and Philippe Coutinho, who have each been directly involved in three goals already, would no doubt be more than happy to emulate.

Possible line-ups

Brazil: Alisson; Fagner, Thiago Silva, Miranda, Filipe Luis/Marcelo; Fernandinho, Paulinho; Willian, Philippe Coutinho, Neymar; Gabriel Jesus

Belgium: Thibaut Courtois; Jan Vertonghen, Vincent Kompany, Toby Alderweireld; Axel Witsel, Kevin De Bruyne, Nacer Chadli, Thomas Meunier; Marouane Fellaini, Eden Hazard; Romelu Lukaku