Willian defends Jesus amid calls to drop Brazil striker for Firmino

Willian defends Jesus amid calls to drop Brazil striker for Firmino

Willian defends Jesus amid calls to drop Brazil striker for Firmino

Two of the pre-tournament favourites collide in Nizhny Novgorod on Friday evening at 7pm, as Brazil and Belgium clash in their World Cup quarter-final.

This combination of photos shows fans of Brazil (L) and Belgium supporting their team during the Russian Federation 2018 World Cup football tournament. Neutral fans appreciate good football, like the Netherlands used to play.

Kompany evaded a question on how he would deal with any Neymar's antics, but said: "Honestly, I don't care".

"We will need power".

Overall, Brazil look far more compact and organised without the ball under Tite than they did in that unforgettable tournament four years ago under Luiz Felipe Scolari.

"If we play as a team, if we fight for each other, we can do it and that's what matters to me".

The pair have enjoyed a great many auspicious moments together in West London, striking up a comradery that extends beyond the field of play. If we show the same mentality as we did on Monday, we have a big chance. "I will be doing everything possible to win, but we will continue to be friends".

On paper, a Belgium side containing the talents of Chelsea´s Eden Hazard, Kevin De Bruyne of Manchester City and Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku have the potential to cause a World Cup upset. The problem is that you are the guy, the idol of our country and unfortunately this is bothering a lot of people, I do not know why.

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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".

But his impressive goalscoring prowess and his aim to be remembered as Belgian's most successful goalscorer faces its sternest test in Kazan against a Selecao defence that has conceded only once in four World Cup games so far.

Belgium have lost three of their last four World Cup meetings against South American opposition.

"And then you see the third goal and only Kevin De Bruyne can do what he did". Casemiro has provided a strong shield in front of the Brazilian defence.

Brazil centre-back pairing Joao Miranda and Thiago Silva have been solid and will aim to keep it that way as the five-time champions target a place in the semi-finals and a match with either France or Uruguay.

Such a record is nothing new for Brazil, with their defence having always been one of their keys to success at World Cups. The Belgians were 2-0 down and needed a goal in the final minute of the match to squeeze into the last eight.

Martinez now faces a tricky decision concerning his line-up with Nacer Chadli and Marouane Fellaini pressing for starts after coming off the bench against Japan to turn the game around in the last half an hour.

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