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SPORTWorld Cup 2018: Brazil vs Belgium: Team news, injuries, possible lineups

Brazil will on Friday night clash with Belgium in the 2018 World Cup quarter-final tie at the Kanza Arena Stadium in Russia.

The Selecao head into the game after beating Mexico 2-0 in the round of 16 on Monday.

Brazil head coach, Tite has no new injuries to worry about in his squad ahead of the clash.

Real Madrid vice-captain, Marcelo, who was out with a back problem against Mexico, returns in place of Filipe Luis at left-back, while Manchester City midfielder, Fernandinho will start ahead of Casemiro in midfield.

Paris Saint-Germain forward, Neymar will lead the attack line alongside Man City’s Jesus and Chelsea’s Willian.

However, there were calls for Liverpool striker, Roberto Firmino to replace the out-of-form Gabriel Jesus in Brazil’s side after his goal against Mexico.

But Tite has decided to keep the faith with the City striker and Firmino must settle for a place on the bench.

Meanwhile, Belgium head into the game after beating Japan 3-2 in the round of 16 on Monday.

Belgium head coach, Roberto Martinez has no new injuries in his squad ahead of the clash.

Martinez is expected not to make any changes to his team, despite their struggles in their second-round clash with Japan.

Manchester City defender, Vincent Kompany will captain the team, while Axel Witsel should get the nod over Mousa Dembele.

Manchester United striker, Romelu Lukaku will lead the attack line and will be supported by Chelsea’s Eden Hazard, City’s De Bruyne and Atletico Madrid’s Carrasco

Today’s match will represent the fifth meeting between the two nations, with Brazil registering three victories and Belgium just one.

Brazil’s potential starting XI:

Alisson; Fagner, Silva, Miranda, Marcelo; Paulinho, Fernandinho, Coutinho; Willian, Jesus, Neymar.

Belgium’s potential starting XI:

Courtois; Alderweireld, Kompany, Vertonghen; Meunier, Witsel, De Bruyne, Carrasco; Mertens, Hazard; Lukaku.


The kick-off time for the match is 7pm.
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