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Brazil team news: Willian, Neymar to start in this 4-3-3 against Belgium on Friday? | Daily Star

Brazil does a good job containing Belgium's attack, Neymar scores again and the South Americans move on to the semifinals.

Brazil's match against Belgium at the Kazan Arena on Friday is probably the standout fixture of the quarter-finals at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russian Federation.

Brazil was slow out of the gate in its 2-0 victory over Mexico Monday, but so was Belgium.

I think Roberto Firmino has to start and Gabriel Jesus has to be rested as he's struggling in the shadow of Neymar, while Firmino brings more link-up play. We play against the best team in the tournament, the favourites, so will be a good test to see where we stand as a team. Strikers Romelu Lukaku and Dries Mertens, along with creative types Kevin De Bruyne and Eden Hazard, are a quartet of legitimate match-winners. And not just the way that he gets that transition so quick from one box to box, it's the quality of the pass, having to play it into Thomas Meunier's path so he doesn't need to break his stride to assist into Nacer Chadli. "Naturally, we want to win but we are not expected to and that is an important difference". "He's essential for us".

The biggest of these meetings will take place at the Kazan Arena on Friday as Brazil face Belgium. "But if we make this a match of individuals, then we'll lose", he said.

Brazil have been knocked out of the World Cup by a European side in each of the last three tournaments (France in 2006, Netherlands in 2010 and Germany in 2014). "That's what this World Cup is all about", Martinez told reporters on Wednesday.

He hit the net twice in Belgium's opening two games, firing braces in a 3-0 win over Panama and another in a 5-2 win over Costa Rica as Roberto Martinez's men underlined their potential. The problem is that you are the guy, the idol of our country and unfortunately this is bothering a lot of people, I do not know why.

"Belgium is not just Lukaku". Both teams are ranked high on the Federation Internationale de Football Association list, with Brazil in second place, and Belgium one spot behind them in third.

The victor of the tie will face either France or Uruguay in St Petersburg on July 10.

The Manchester City midfielder has yet to start a game in Russian Federation but will replace Casemiro - who misses out through suspension - and is likely to be joined in the starting XI by club-mate Gabriel Jesus, despite the fact the forward has yet to score in the finals. Neymar will have to be careful not to pick up another booking as he would miss a semifinal should Brazil prevail.

Meanwhile Brazil coach Tite said Fernandinho would start in place of the injured Casemiro, while left-back Marcelo is poised to return after injury, stepping in ahead of Filipe Luis.

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