Martinez names star key to Belgium in Brazil showdown

Roberto Martínez has led Belgium to the World Cup quarterfinals

Although he failed to score in Belgium's final group game, it was Lukaku's inspired contribution during a late counter-attack that allowed Nacer Chadli to score a last-gasp victor against Japan that avoided the humiliation of an early exit to a team ranked 44th in the world.

Belgium have reached consecutive World Cup quarter-finals for the first time - they lost at this stage to Argentina in 2014.

This combination of photos shows fans of Brazil (L) and Belgium supporting their team during the Russian Federation 2018 World Cup football tournament.

"Hazard is one of the best in the world, but now we're on opposite sides", Willian said.

Although Luis put in a solid display against Mexico, Tite may be tempted to recall his preferred left back Marcelo, who missed the match with a back injury but returned to training. Against Brazil, it will not be about ball possession, but what you do with it.

Such a record is nothing new for Brazil, with their defence having always been one of their keys to success at World Cups.

Manchester City star De Bruyne is yet to score at the World Cup but played a key part in Belgium's last-gasp victor against Japan in the round of 16, the Red Devils coming from two goals down to win 3-2. It has fueled confidence inside the Belgium camp that it can deal with adversity and make the World Cup semifinals for the first time since 1986.

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Eden Hazard will be a key player for Belgium, having been directly involved in 19 goals in his 18 games for Belgium under Roberto Martinez, scoring 10 and setting up nine.

Belgium's defender Vincent Kompany (L) vies for the ball with Japan's forward Yuya Osako during the Russian Federation 2018 World Cup round of 16 football match between Belgium and Japan at the Rostov Arena in Rostov-On-Don on July 2, 2018. "We are not talking about a system but understanding what we must do when we have possession", the coach added.

The victor of the tie will face either France or Uruguay in St Petersburg on July 10.

Mistakes such as the ones that allowed Japan to grab a two-goal lead are sure to be punished by Neymar but it is Brazil´s defence that is also catching the eye of observers. Lukaku has four but seven of his teammates have scored, too. If the Belgian trio of Vincent Kompany, Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen manage to contain the threat of Coutinho and Neymar in the upcoming match, Brazil might end up toothless in attack.

Marcelo was forced off early on in Brazil's final group game as they beat Serbia to assure themselves of top spot in Group E, before the same back problem cost him a place in the team that beat Mexico 2-0. Casemiro has provided a strong shield in front of the Brazilian defence.

Manchester City's Fernandinho is likely to take his place, ensuring the Selecao retain an imposing platform in midfield.

For Belgium, defender Jan Vertonghen and De Bruyne are carrying yellow cards as well.

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