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FIFA World Cup: Brazil to take on Belgium in 2nd QF

Brazil have peaked at the right time and are a dangerous entity when it comes to big games.

Belgium won’t be pushovers as they exhibited their fighting spirit against Japan. Brazil go into the tie as favorites and could pose a lot of threat, given Belgium have a vulnerable defense.

The likes of Philippe Coutinho, alongside Willian and Neymar, could be the difference between these two sides. The likes of Paulinho and Fernandinho provide steel in mid-field.

Brazil have conceded just one goal so far and they will, once again, look for a clean-sheet. 

Belgium have a plethora of options in attack and the presence of Romelu Lukaku, Eden Hazard and Dries Mertens would be the key for the side.

All eyes will be on Hazard and Lukaku as they are expected to make a mark in the attack. Brazil will also be wary of mid-fielder Kevin De Bruyne, who is the source of the link-up play.

Brazil have won the World Cup five times but have been knocked out in the quarter-finals in two of the last three tournaments. Both teams have played each other four times.

Brazil has won three of the clashes, including the most recent in the Round of 16 at the 2002 World Cup.

Brazil will look to exploit a Belgium defence that has let through four goals and has a trio of big centre backs that may be exposed for pace by the nippy Neymar, Willian and Philippe Coutinho.

Belgium, bidding to reach their first semi-finals since 1986 in Mexico, face a huge challenge to knock off Tite’s men but after surviving Japan, they already feel they are playing with house money.

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