Starting XI: Brazil vs Belgium
2018 FIFA World Cup Starting XI: Brazil vs Belgium, 6 July 2018
Brazil face Belgium in a highly anticipated quarter-final clash between two of the favourites left in the 2018 FIFA World Cup – here is how both teams will line up!
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2018 FIFA World Cup, quarter-final
Teams: Brazil vs Belgium
Date: 6 July 2018
Venue: Kazan Arena
The Selecao enter the game on the back of a convincing 2-0 win over Mexico and without conceding a goal in their last three games.
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.
Belgium, meanwhile, have the best attack in Russia, having found the back of the net 15 times already. However, they have conceded four goals in four games and Japan had them on the brink of an exit in the last 16. Only a three-goal comeback in the last 15 minutes saw Roberto Martinez’s side book their ticket for the last eight.
Belgium are unbeaten in 23 games, while Brazil have lost only one of their 25 games under coach Tite. Both sides met in the round of 16 at the 2002 World Cup, when Brazil beat the Europeans 2-0 on their way to their last World Cup title.
Romelu Lukaku is Belgium’s top goalscorer in Russia with four goals, while Neymar is Brazil’s leading marksman with two strikes.
Here is how the two teams line up:
Brazil: Alisson; Fagner, Silva, Miranda, Marcelo; Paulinho, Fernandinho, Coutinho; Willian, Gabriel Jesus, Neymar.
Belgium: Courtois; Alderweireld, Kompany, Vertonghen; Meunier, Fellaini, Witsel, Chadli; De Bruyne, Hazard; Lukaku
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