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Brazil plays against Belgium in World Cup’s quarter finals

Brazil will face Belgium in the second clash of FIFA World Cup quarter finals on Friday, marking the fifth clash between the two teams.

The first match between Brazil and Belgium was a friendly in 1963 and the Red Devils won the game, while Brazil won the following three meetings.

Brazil’s Marcelo will return to the starting line-up. The Real Madrid’s defender missed a couple of games due to injury and was replaced by Filipe Luis.

“Filipe played very well in both matches. But now are going with Mercelo again,” Brazil coach Tite said.

Tite said his team was strong in the last third of the pitch, and “we are very strong individually and very skillful.

Tite expressed great respect for Belgium. “It will be a great match. Both teams excel with a beautiful football. Belgium have great players and a great coach as well.” The only previous match the two teams met in a World Cup was in the round of 16 in 2002, with Brazil winning 2-0 en route to winning the championship.

Belgium have lost three of their last four World Cup meetings against South American opponents.

Belgium coach Roberto Martinez said the two teams were similar in terms of quality of players. “The difference is that Brazil has the knowhow of what it takes to win a World Cup. They have a psychological advantage on us,” he added.

Brazil are playing in the quarter final for the 7th successive World Cup. They have only gone out twice at this stage, against France in 2006 and Netherlands in 2010.

Belgium have played 23 matches in a row without defeat. Their last loss was in September 2016 against Spain. Belgium, along with Uruguay, are the two teams to win their first four matches, scoring 12 goals in the process.

Source: Kuwait News Agency