Published: Fri, July 06, 2018
Entertaiment | By Minnie Bishop

Lukaku: Neymar is not an 'actor'

Lukaku: Neymar is not an 'actor'

Jesus now looking like he's playing from the right looks to force his way into the box, but Belgium hold firm.

Belgium looking determined in the tunnel, they're 45 minutes away from the semi-final.

For Belgium, meanwhile, Roberto Martinez has made a few changes of his own.

'Fellaini's having a major game, he's had an outstanding first-half.

That respect was evident in the Spaniard's every utterance on Thursday but, while acknowledging the dangers presented by Brazil forward Neymar, Martinez was confident the skills of the likes of Eden Hazard would also be influential for Belgium.

26' - Courtois forced to make a stop off the end of a Marcelo rocket towards the bottom corner. Belgium clear but Brazil still on the attack. After a blocked shot, Nacer Chadli had a clear chance from long range, but he hooked it wide of the post.

He added: 'All this nonsense means other players attempt to provoke him even more, and he must be intelligent in these moments.

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Brazil will once again rely on their defense to get them through to the next round, while Belgium will need all the goals they can get. Belgium clear the ball to Fernandinho who shoots, but its blocked. Neymar to take now. With Casemiro out, De Bruyne can be the man to exploit Brazil's core. De Bruyne belts in an absolute rocket and Allison has no chance! Travesty as Belgium takes the lead!

Belgium have lost three of their last four World Cup meetings against South American opposition. Miranda flicks on for Thiago Silva but he's hit the post!

Brazil coach Tite said he is desperate to avoid the "horror" lottery of penalties as he handed World Cup quarter-final opponents Belgium a frightening list of obstacles to overcome on Friday (July 6). "Brazil have got that psychological barrier out of the way". Sports Illustrated's Planet Fútbol predicted Brazil would come out on top by a 2-1 score-line. Philippe Coutinho, 19. Willian, 9. Gabriel Jesus was all by himself in the box and headed the pass from Marcelo wide of the net.

For that reason, I don't think this will be easy for Brazil, but I believe they have conditions to progress and predict a 2-1 victory. The Red Devils did start the tournament with a sort of a crisis in defence, with both Vincent Kompany and Thomas Vermaelen unavailable. But, Axel Witsel's presence in midfield is vital, meaning Mertens remains the only expendable player in attack.

Following Friday's action, the focus will then be firmly trained on England's World Cup quarter-final with Sweden on Saturday - the Three Lions' first appearance in the last eight since 2006.

Looking at the remaining sides in the competition, Brazil seems the best balanced.

Click through the gallery to see how Brazil's starting XI!

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