Belgium can beat 'best team' Brazil in quarterfinal clash - Romelu Lukaku

Tanya Simon
July 8, 2018

Brazil head coach Tite admitted Neymar has not been at his best during the World Cup but defended the star's performances, saying he has been "participating collectively".

Belgium beat five-time champions Brazil 2-1 in Kazan on Saturday morning (AEST) to qualify for the World Cup semi-finals, where they will face the 1998 winners France at St. Petersburg Stadium on Wednesday (AEST).

Some fans even went as far as to say that Neymar's action on the pitch had ruined Brazil's solid reputation and lost them respect others branded him a "disgrace".

"We know what we are capable of but Brazil are the favourites, putting us into a different role".

Remarkably, all three of the soccer superpowers, who have won 11 World Cups between them, bowed out of the tournament at the Kazan Arena. "So for us, it's certainly going to be a good test to see where we stand as a team".

Everything seemed ideal when Neymar's team hosted the 2014 World Cup and their confidence had been boosted, playing in front of their fans.

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Now, Belgium and France are set to play a semifinal match next Tuesday.

A stingy Brazil team has only conceded once in the tournament and Lukaku said it is hard to find weaknesses. We have to defend as well as we can and then cause them pain when we have the ball.

If it was a rude ending for the traveling fans of the three powers, they at least got the chance to spend some time in Kazan, an elegant city that must rank among the more surprising secrets Russian Federation has revealed to the world during the tournament. Three of the four are really experienced defenders so you have to know how to attack. We have four players who can make the difference.

Ah well, there's always World Cup 2022, fellas.

"What makes me happy is not him at his best - less than that".

"When you are in a World Cup quarterfinal facing Brazil, you don't need extra motivation".

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