Martinez names star key to Belgium in Brazil showdown

Doug Mendoza
July 8, 2018

Headlines in the aftermath of the victory over Mexico focused on Neymar's theatrical reaction to challenges made on him rather than his performance, and he was powerless to stop Brazil losing 2-1 to Belgium in the last eight. Argentina was humiliated in the first round by Croatia, which is the reason they faced France in quarterfinals leading to their early exit.

Lukaku has scored four goals in three games for Belgium at the tournament and has performed at a high standard in every one of those appearances.

Ah well, there's always World Cup 2022, fellas. Belgium are a strong side on paper and play as a total unit.

While one can not deny he's one of the very best players in world football, and someone who boasts supreme technical ability, it's no wonder he's so universally disliked with the way he conducts himself.

Brazil coach Tite dismissed talk that his team is the favourite to win the match against Belgium, let alone the World Cup.

"Against a team like Brazil, you must attack and defend with 11 players", he said.

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Liverpool's No.6 played the full game in what was a gripping quarter-final tie. Alan Dzagoev chipped the free kick towards goal and Fernandes was unmarked.

"I think it's the first time that I've seen Kevin growing into a very important player of this group on the pitch in the most important moments". Its team of seasoned, well-travelled players, with big-name stars who play for big clubs, is making a compelling argument that experience is a cornerstone to success on football's biggest stage.

France beat the Selecao in the 2006 edition quarter-finals in Germany, only to reach the final and concede defeat to Italy.

That set up a titanic semi-final on Tuesday against France and De Bruyne said: 'The ambition is to be in the final.

Eventually, both Ronaldo and Messi had to leave Russian Federation earlier than they would have hoped for, as the Portuguese World Cup dream ended at the hands of a stubborn Uruguay side while the aging Argentina team lost against sprightly France.

'In general and physical terms, the team flew.

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