Belgium's test vs. Brazil a generation in the making

Belgium's test vs. Brazil a generation in the making

Belgium's test vs. Brazil a generation in the making

Nonetheless, the Belgian trio of Eden Hazard, Kevin De Bruyne and Romelu Lukaku pose a greater threat than the Brazilian duo of Coutinho and Neymar.

Coach Tite is sticking with his policy of rotating the captaincy and the 33-year old Inter Milan player will become the fourth man to wear the captain's armband in Russian Federation.

Kompany said Belgium are not losing sleep over facing the five-time World Cup winners in the quarter-final clash.

Belgium beat Panama, Tunisia and England to top Group G before coming from 2-0 down to defeat Japan 3-2 in the last 16.

Even more is expected from Neymar, whose pace, technique and all-round vision allied to Willian´s slick movement gave Brazil another dimension.

Yet it was not just his remarkable abilities and exploits in front of goal which caught the eye - the world's most expensive player also came in for staunch criticism from Mexico players and coach Juan Carlos Osorio, who accused of Neymar "acting" in an attempt to get refereeing decisions.

'If the defenders manage to stop Neymar without fouling him then he can not stay on the floor for too long, ' Rivaldo, a 2002 World Cup victor, said.

The 2018 FIFA World Cup continues on Friday with a two-game slate.

Brazil reached the last eight of the tournament after a 2-0 victory over Mexico and are the bookmakers' favourites to progress through to the semi-finals on Friday evening.

Belgium's forward Adnan Januzaj (C) celebrates scoring the opening goal with his teammates during the Russian Federation 2018 World Cup Group G football match between England and Belgium at the Kaliningrad Stadium in Kaliningrad on June 28, 2018.

Vercauteren said before the tournament that Russian Federation represented "perhaps one of the last chances for this generation of players to live up to expectations, because in 2022 a lot of them won´t be there". "That's what this World Cup is all about", the Spaniard told Belgian media on Wednesday.

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.

Belgium still regret the day, exactly four years ago, when an opportunity begged and they fell short.

On the eve of their quarter-final Lukaku brimmed with confidence as he called on Belgium to show they deserve to live up to pre-tournament expectations.

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

"In the last third of the pitch, we are very strong individually and very skilful". And I think that's a role that allows us to be a team.

Neymar has been criticised for playacting at the World Cup.

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