Brazil Vs Belgium: Red Devils Dare Samba Boys
One of the most anticipated quarter final games of the 2018 World Cup will be pitching the Samba Boys of Brazil against Belgium’s Red Devils.
Both sides will be hoping to erase painful memories of four years ago.
Belgium's journey came to an end at this stage against South American opposition in 2014 when they lost to eventual finalists Argentina.
Brazil beat Colombia in their quarter final match, but the losses of Neymar to injury and Thiago Silva to suspension contributed towards their heavy defeat at Germany's hands in the last four.
Many now expect an explosive battle as Belgium haven't lost a competitive game since Wales knocked them out of Euro 2016, and Brazil's only defeat in the last two years came to Argentina in 2017.
Belgium won all three group games, with Romelu Lukaku scoring four of the nine goals they netted along the way.
The last time Brazil and Belgium met was also in a World Cup knockout match. The Samba Boys were on their way to winning the trophy for the fifth time, but Belgium proved a thorn in their side for over an hour before succumbing in Kobe.
Brazil is playing the quarterfinal for the seventh successive World Cup tournament.
They have only gone out twice at this stage in that run (against France in 2006 and Netherlands in 2010).
Possible starting Lineups
Brazil (4-3-3): Alisson; Fagner, Silva, Miranda, Filipe Luis; Fernandinho, Paulinho, Coutinho; Willian, Jesus, Neymar
Belgium (3-4-2-1): Courtois; Vertonghen, Alderweireld, Kompany; Meunier, De Bruyne, Witsel, Carrasco; Hazard, Mertens; Lukaku
Prediction: Brazil 2-1 Belgium
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