Belgium, however, will be playing in back-to-back World Cup quarter-finals for the first time in their history with the moniker of the "Golden Generation" resting heavy on their shoulders.
Does Belgium have any gas left in its tank following its epic comeback win over Japan in the Round of 16?
Belgium are the top-scorers in this World Cup with 12 goals, while Brazil have had the most attempts on goal in the tournament (77) despite scoring just seven times.
The Chelsea ace is now nearly certain to start Friday evening's quarter-final against Brazil, which Martinez hopes will provide one of his key men with the platform to further showcase his brilliance. "Against Mexico, Brazil were not as free-flowing as they usually are". Marquinhos could also play there as a midfielder. The Seleção have Marcelo and Danilo fully fit for today's game.
With Marcelo fit again, Tite will be confident that his side can hold out against the many riches of Belgium too.
Douglas Costa is also fit and available for selection.
There were calls for Roberto Firmino to replace the out-of-form Gabriel Jesus in Brazil's side after his goal against Mexico.
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.Читайте также: Wimbledon 2018: Andy Murray withdraws - how Twitter reacted
Belgium will, of course, face a tough assignment on Friday. The Red Devils did start the tournament with a sort of a crisis in defence, with both Vincent Kompany and Thomas Vermaelen unavailable. The Belgian back-three though, will need to much improved after a disastrous showing against Japan.
"If we play the game from a collective point of view, we have a chance". As for Belgium, there are no major injury concerns ahead of this match. They've players who can make the difference, they have good box-to-box players who are unsafe. But, Axel Witsel's presence in midfield is vital, meaning Mertens remains the only expendable player in attack.
The Manchester United striker has scored four goals at Russian Federation 2018 and mixed them with some more delicate moments, such as the sublime dummy that set up Nacer Chadli's victor against Japan, too.
Belgium have not lost a game since a friendly defeat to Spain in August, 2016 - a 23-game unbeaten run.
The victor of the clash between Brazil and Belgium will face either Uruguay or France in the semi-finals. They have made it through to the next round on 4 of those occasions while getting knocked out twice - in 2006 vs France and in 2010 vs the Netherlands, both sides ended up as runners-up that year. I played and scored in that match and Belgium were a tricky opponent.
Brazil, and the obstacle of finding a way past a formidable centre-back partnership of Thiago Silva and Joao Miranda, represent another formidable challenge. But, Fernandinho should also pose a threat with his ability to find the goal from distance, making him a formidable proposition for the Selecao.
Brazil coach Tite dismissed talk that his team is the favourite to win the match against Belgium, let alone the World Cup. Especially since, together with Uruguay, Brazil have the best defensive record at this competition, a solid, rather un-Brazil-like platform from which their creative forwards can build.
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