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World Cup QF: Both Brazil, Belgium battling bad vibes
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06 July, 2018

Their most recent meeting came in the last 16 of the 2002 World Cup, where goals by Rivaldo and Ronaldo gave Brazil a 2-0 victory.

Versatile defender Marcelo returned to the starting line-up and midfielder Fernandinho was handed his first World Cup start in four years on Friday for Brazil's quarter-final clash with Belgium.

So far, only Switzerland were able to break the Brazilian defense, who have conceded the joint-least goals at the tournament going into the quarter-finals.

But the nation´s "Golden Generation" have been reminded that the match against the favourites could represent the last chance for them to shine on the world stage. Then they seemed cowed and perplexed, for much of the game. "But we have trained how to take them".

"It´s that simple, and this team is ready for that". Only England failed to score against the Red Devils in the final game of Group G with neither side looking at their fullest.

This combination of photos shows fans of Brazil (L) and Belgium supporting their team during the Russian Federation 2018 World Cup football tournament.

The federation said early Friday that tests confirmed the player will not be able to recover in time to play again during the tournament in Russia.

Meanwhile, Belgium stormed through the group stages before having to stage a dramatic fightback in the last-16 against Japan. "Filipe Luis played very well in those matches, but Marcelo is coming back", he said.

Belgium have many talented players and they won't make things easy for Brazil, but I still think la Selecao will manage to win the game.

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However, there were calls for Liverpool striker, Roberto Firmino to replace the out-of-form Gabriel Jesus in Brazil's side after his goal against Mexico.

Brazil´s forward Neymar (R) chats with his son Davi Lucca during a training session at Yug Sport Stadium, in Sochi, on July 4, 2018.

At a news conference, Lukaku said Belgium's disappointing experience at the 2016 European Championship showed nothing should be taken for granted in football and that Brazil will provide a "benchmark" for his team.

Brazil play Belgium at the Kazan Arena tomorrow, with the victor facing either Uruguay or France in the semi-finals.

"We´re progressing, that´s evident", Silva said after their win over Mexico.

So far Belgium have found a way to put sides to the sword, even when their backs have been against the wall.

The defence looked cumbersome against Japan, Jan Vertonghen particularly slow on his feet as Genki Haraguchi ran clear to open the scoring, and it is also a concern that they shipped two goals to Tunisia.

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