Belgium losing no sleep over Brazil: Kompany

  • Belgium losing no sleep over Brazil: Kompany

Belgium losing no sleep over Brazil: Kompany

Brazil have conceded only one goal in this World Cup, the equal most stingy rearguard along with Uruguay, and allowed only five shots on target in four games, the fewest of any side.

"I don't think anyone expects us to go through to the semi-finals".

Belgium, who came from behind to beat Japan in a thrilling last-16 match, have fast become the favourite team of many fans of countries already eliminated for their attractive style of flowing football, a role their old rivals the Netherlands often occupied.

Brazil coach Tite dismissed talk that his team is the favourite to win the match against Belgium, let alone the World Cup.

Everything you need to know ahead of Brazil and Belgium's quarter-final match on Friday. Players including Neymar, Philippe Coutinho and Willian could be seen giving a thumbs-up as they departed the team bus, with a lively crowd chanting and waving yellow and green balloons.

At times in Rostov-on-Don, Belgium looked hamstrung by Japan's pressing tactics and needed more than an hour to unshackle themselves and set about a dramatic come-from-behind victory after falling 2-0 down.

"Against a team like Brazil, you must attack and defend with 11 players. It can be that simple, and this squad is ready for that".

Martinez now faces a tricky decision concerning his line-up with Nacer Chadli and Marouane Fellaini pressing for starts after coming off the bench against Japan to turn the game around in the last half an hour.

Belgium came to this World Cup in Russian Federation as something of dark horses, widely considered a team capable of big things, but also one haunted by memories of talented Belgian sides that struggled to find their footing at tournaments past.

Asked what he would do if Neymar repeated his much-criticised theatrics from Monday's round-of-16 win over Mexico, where he rolled around in apparent agony on the field after clashes with the opposition, Kompany said: "I don't know".

"We want to invent something special", the mayor said, TASS reported.

"If it becomes a match of individual performances we've got no chance".

He said too their electrifying triumph against Japan had brought a renewed sense of confidence in the team.

"We have developed an attractive style of football, we have scored a lot of goals and showed our good side", said Kompany.

"That is a compliment but it doesn't affect our chances against them".

Brazil's defensive resolve will be tested by the absence of key holding midfielder Casemiro, who will miss the match due to suspension.