Marcelo in for Brazil as Martinez tweaks Belgium line-up

World Cup QF: Both Brazil, Belgium battling bad vibes

Belgium's biggest problem in trying to beat Brazil is finding a way to score against a supremely well-drilled defence.

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Before shootouts were introduced at the World Cup in 1978, matches that ended in a draw were replayed. He suffered a muscle injury and missed the Mexico game. To me he's not an actor.

Belgium and Brazil have only met each four times previously, with Brazil winning three of those games, including their most recent encounter at the 2002 World Cup. Belgium were fancied before the tournament and they are performing like genuine contenders.

"Weakness in Brazil? Not really", he said.

"Traditionally, in Belgian culture, we would feel defeated even before the game [against Brazil]", Kompany said. Box-to-box people who can make the difference. Now, a lot of them are cribbing everytime he falls down on the ground after a challenge. You can't attack in the usual way. "We've trained for that yesterday so we are really well-prepared".

Defender Miranda joined Tite at the press conference at the Kazan Arena and the Inter Milan man will captain the side.

France overran Argentina in a last-16 match that appeared to signal the passing of a torch to a new generation of superstars, as 19-year-old Mbappe scored twice to outshine Lionel Messi and dump the 2014 finalists out of the competition. We've grown into the tournament.

"There is something special in this squad, no doubt about it", said the Spaniard.

"The signs, they've been positive".

Should Kompany feature in the match against Brazil, he will nearly certainly come across Neymar, who at this tournament has come under heavy criticism for "theatrics" in order to gain a positive decision from referees on the pitch.

Today's game will be the 5th meeting between the two sides in history.

"If you ask me what is the greatest challenge of a World Cup?"

"When you go into a tournament and you haven't got the know-how of winning a tournament you can not have an advantage over the opponent".

"We will need power".

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.

I have no complaints about it - he is playing well, Brazil are winning while other traditionally strong teams have gone home, and the team is scoring at the right time and playing good football - but people insist on focusing on a minor thing that really isn't so important.

"(Casemiro) and Fernandinho are similar, they both mark very well", Brazil forward Willian said.

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.

Information from Reuters was used in this report.

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