Thursday, 19 July, 2018

Willian aiming to end World Cup dream for Chelsea teammates on Belgium

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Cassandra Gardner | 05 July, 2018, 07:47

Veteran Belgium defender Vincent Kompany said on Wednesday Brazil are the best team at the World Cup but his side are not losing any sleep at the prospect of playing them.

None of the Asian Football Confederation teams reached the quarterfinals, extending a barren run which stretches back to the 2002 World Cup in Japan and South Korea.

However, Saudi Arabia, another AFC side, never recovered from their 5-0 spanking by Russian Federation in the tournament's opening game, and Australia - the Asian champions - also had a World Cup to forget.

If there is one glimmer of hope for Belgium, it might be the suspension of holding midfielder Casemiro, who picked up his second yellow card during the Mexico game. The main questions following disappointing defeats in the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 European Championship centred on the team's character.

"These two teams are constructed to score and to win matches".

Martinez faces a tricky decision about his lineup, with Nacer Chadli and Marouane Fellaini pressing for starts after coming off the bench against Japan to turn the game around. "The players that they have. both teams deserve to be facing each other a little further on in this tournament and not in the quarterfinal".

Unlike the game against Japan, Martinez said, Belgium will be the underdog in the quarterfinal against Brazil and as such should play with a certain amount of freedom.

"Individually, Brazil are the strongest team in this World Cup", Kompany, who made the last of his global appearances as a substitute in the 1-0 win over England, told reporters.

Diego Maradona calls England win over Colombia 'monumental robbery'
Preston city centre ground to a halt on Tuesday evening as England fans celebrate the victory over Colombia. Which brings us full circle to England who, as previously mentioned, will face Sweden .


Brazil were touted as one of the favourites to win the World Cup ahead of the tournament, but began their campaign with a lacklustre 1-1 draw with Switzerland.

"Everything is open, up for grabs", he said.

The victor will bid for a place in the final against either France or Uruguay.

Belgium is the competition's top scorer with 12 in its four games, with the goals spread around the team.

Though Brazil has yet to hit the heights on the attacking front, it and Uruguay have been the meanest defences in the competition, conceding just one goal apiece in four matches.

The Real Madrid man has been key to Brazil's structure, so his likely replacement, the 33-year-old Fernandinho of Manchester City, will have big shoes to fill. Neymar will have to be careful not to pick up another booking as he would miss a semifinal should Brazil prevail.

Their win over Mexico showed textbook defending from the central pairing of Thiago Silva and Miranda, assisted by full backs Fagner and Filipe Luis.

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