Published: Tue, July 03, 2018
Sports | By Brett Lawson

Brazil's Casemiro Suspended for World Cup Quarter-Final Clash With Belgium

Brazil's Casemiro Suspended for World Cup Quarter-Final Clash With Belgium

"We have top players and we play as a group, especially after the win over England", said the Chelsea star. "Therefore, I don't think it is really useful to practice for a penalty shootout, per se", he said, before outright stating that "we haven't actually practiced" them.

While firm favourites Brazil lock horns with underdogs Mexico, Belgium face a unsafe Japan in the matches on Monday.

The shock of the defeat - the first time a team has lost a World Cup knockout match outright after leading by two goals since West Germany defeated England 3-2 in a 1970 quarterfinal - will clearly take some time to come to terms with.

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"We'll see tomorrow", Hazard said on Sunday, when asked if the long break would disrupt the players.

With Cristiano Ronaldo's Portugal and Lionel Messi's Argentina - both in the same half of the draw - out of the tournament, Hazard wants Belgium to reach the final for the first time in their history.

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Eriksen however, remains their only realy player possible of creating the magic needed to put the ball in the back of the net. Croatia's captain and veteran playmaker Luka Modric played in that game, however, and was leading the team again on Sunday.

Japan should be led by former Manchester United forward Shinji Kagawa and Keisuke Honda, a former AC Milan player who is risky on free kicks.

Belgium and Japan have met once before at the World Cup finals when Japan were hosts in 2002.

"When you play against Brazil, you need to accept they are the best team in the competition, you need to accept your role", said Martinez after beating the Japanese in the last 16.

"They are a generation with a good age and have a lot of experience, with players like (Shinji) Kagawa and (Keisuke) Honda".

I know his team-mates Eden Hazard, Marouane Fellaini and their assistant coach Thierry Henry as well, and it was nice to speak to them all about everything and nothing. "For us, who play in the Premier League, we're happy to have a few more days off".

"We were thinking it was going to be like two years ago against Wales [at UEFA EURO 2016], but we were also thinking if we can score goals the game is on".

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