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Lukaku defends Brazil forward Neymar: He is not an actor

07 July, 2018, 01:16 | Author: Sylvester Abbott
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Against Brazil, however, Belgium's formidable attack featuring captain Eden Hazard and Romelu Lukaku may be hard pressed to break down a stingy defence which has conceded one goal in their four matches at the tournament, and a total of six from their past 25.

The teams have progressed through different means but each arrive with confidence after rousing wins in their last starts.

With Marcelo and Douglas Costa having shaken off injuries, it is the first time in this World Cup that Tite has had his whole squad fit.

Belgium player Marouane Fellaini (8) heads the ball to score a goal against Japan in the round of 16 during the FIFA World Cup 2018 at Rostov Arena.

He said: "It used to be in Belgian culture, and I think everyone would agree with me, we would feel defeated even before a game like this but all these players in our team, who play at clubs around the world, now believe 100 percent we can beat Brazil". Our biggest regret would be to play an insipid match and lose 1-0 like against Argentina in 2014.

After averaging three goals a game in their four matches in Russian Federation en route to the last eight, Kompany told L'Equipe they must not alter their attack-minded strategy against the five-time champions.

Many fans on social media said the boys deserved the World Cup trophy for the way they have handled their ordeal.

Croatia coach Zlatko Dalic is confident his side will handle the atmosphere when they face hosts Russian Federation in their World Cup quarter-final on Saturday evening.

"Everything is open, up for grabs", he said.

Belgium is the competition's top scorer with 12 in its four games, with the goals spread around the team.

"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". "We are facing a huge game in the quarter-finals and it doesn't matter who the opponents are". For the whole world, it's more on Brazil. Others walking a tightrope are midfielder Philippe Coutinho and defender Filipe Luis.

De Bruyne impressed his national team manager for his strong personality and maturity, showing that he is a real leader on the pitch for Belgium, particularly in their last match against Japan.

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