Brazil says Danilo out of World Cup with ankle injury

Brazil says Danilo out of World Cup with ankle injury

Brazil says Danilo out of World Cup with ankle injury

Tite admitted the improved performance against Mexico left him more relaxed, also highlighting the importance of mental strength.

"I talked to Marcelo and Filipe Luis. All our outfield players had already played a game, so when they came on, they were ready", said Martinez.

Neymar will once again hope to make an impact against Belgium in the World Cup quarters.

Martinez feels his side, despite being stacked with individual talent, cannot be regarded as favourites due to their inexperience but he is convinced they can flourish.

"The difference is that we haven't won a World cup, it's as simple as that", he added. However, Lukaku stressed that they can be picked apart and seemingly singled out right-back Fagner, who will be winning only his eighth cap, as a potential point to exploit.

But the wide-man has suffered at least eight fouls more than any other opponent having been targeted by opposition players, though he insists it does not affect his game.

"We want to enjoy our game". It has been gradual, but Tite's boys are showing us the face of the team that dominated the qualifiers and were convincing in the friendlies, allowing them to assume the status of favourites in Russian Federation.

"There is something special in this squad". We are a team and in global football that [being a team] is hard. However, this is the kind of encounter towards which the Red Devils have worked in the last two years.

Belgium's three central defenders are all imposing figures but two of them, Vincent Kompany and Jan Vertonghen, are the wrong side of 30.

But he returned to the venue for the team's 3-0 win over Argentina in 2016 during qualifying for Russian Federation, and completely nullified Lionel Messi.

This will be the fifth meeting between these sides. Brazil and Belgium certainly belong to that standard.

Brazil outlasted Mexico 2-0 to make it to the quarterfinals.

But the other real contenders in Murphy's (and most of the world's) book are Brazil and Belgium, which face each other on the field at 2 pm ET Friday. They have only gone out twice at this stage in that run (against France in 2006 and Netherlands in 2010).

Inspired by Neymar brilliance and the wiles of Willian, Brazil sent a tough Mexico side packing with a 2-0 defeat that cemented Tite's side as favourites to claim a record-extending sixth World Cup trophy.

At Euro 2016, heavily fancied Belgium was considered to be on the easier side of the draw to make the final but ended up being knocked out at the quarterfinal stage by Wales, which was in its first major competition in almost 60 years.

"The greatest challenge of a World Cup is having mental fortitude".

Casemiro has been a central plank of Brazil's stingy defence, which has conceded only one goal so far in Russian Federation.

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A Belgium team starring Chelsea's Eden Hazard, Kevin De Bruyne of Manchester City and Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku, were tipped by many pundits as outsiders to win their first-ever World Cup.

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