Belgium's players 'cannot wait' to face Brazil says Roberto Martinez

Marcus Newton
July 6, 2018

The coach highlighted a number of reasons Belgium should fear his team - their speed on the counter-attack, ability to produce magic as well as a miserly defence that has conceded just a single goal in Russian Federation.

Belgium, meanwhile, pulled off the comeback of the tournament, rallying from a two-goal second-half deficit against Japan to win 3-2 in the dying seconds of the round of 16 match.

Everything you need to know ahead of Brazil and Belgium's quarter-final match on Friday. 'I've seen many referee mistakes during the World Cup, lots of stuff happening that is not being commented on, but still all the focus is on Neymar'.

The Red Devils' wit and perseverance will now be tested against the juggernaut of Brazil in a quarter-final which will be played on July 7, Friday.

"I think Neymar in the future will be the best in the world and I'm happy to be playing against him for the second time".

"Against a team like Brazil, you must attack and defend with 11 players", he added. "We are not talking about a system but understanding what we must do when we have possession".

'Even referees could be influenced by this controversy and punish Neymar unfairly, but he must try to relax and I believe manager Tite will try to calm him down, telling him to just play his game as always'.

Coach Roberto Martinez won praise for his substitutions, with both Marouane Fellaini and Nacer Chadli scoring, the latter with practically the last kick of the match.

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Naturally, the world was shocked by this upset, with some of the best reactions coming at Spain's expense. "Lopetegui's work. Iniesta lost just 15 games with Spain , winning 96 and drawing 15, and scored 13 goals.

"Maybe it's this sort of match that we needed for the future", said Hazard, the captain.

"If we show the same mentality as we did on Monday, we have a big chance".

Manchester City star De Bruyne is yet to score at the World Cup but played a key part in Belgium's last-gasp victor against Japan in the round of 16, the Red Devils coming from two goals down to win 3-2.

"We're as ready as we'll ever be, in the previous two years we've been working towards this moment".

Though Brazil has yet to hit the heights on the attacking front, it and Uruguay have been the meanest defences in the competition, conceding just one goal apiece in four matches.

"The game against Japan gave us a big boost", he said.

"There is something special in this squad, no doubt about it". If they lose it would be considered normal as they are facing the five-time winners and current favourites, so this is a great chance for the Belgian players to achieve a memorable win. But there is no margin for error.

Brazil are yet to be awarded a penalty - apart from the one VAR took away from them against Switzerland - but it could be time for one to go their way.

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