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The Belgians may want to adopt that more robust approach from the start against Brazil in order to give midfield maestros Eden Hazard and Kevin De Bruyne time to make decisive passes.

"It used to be in Belgian culture, and I think everyone would agree with me, we would feel defeated even before a game like this but all these players in our team, who play at clubs around the world, now believe 100pc we can beat Brazil".

The two sides meet each other at the Kazan Arena on Friday night for a place in the World Cup semi-finals.

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

"You have to find solutions, you have to find reaction but what you have to find more than anything is the desire and togetherness of a group of players, that they are desperate to perform", Martinez said.

"There won´t be many secrets to the game". "We are going to continue studying them to try and neutralise them and hit them at their weak points".

"It´s that simple, and this team is ready for that".

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Vercauteren said before the tournament that Russian Federation represented "perhaps one of the last chances for this generation of players to live up to expectations, because in 2022 a lot of them won´t be there".

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Belgium's Marouane Fellaini celebrates scoring their second goal against Japan.

Becoming the first team in 48 years to overcome a 2-0 deficit in a World Cup knockout match was a "proud" moment for Martinez, who said: "That was a test for the team and its character".

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.

Willian answers questions during a Brazil press conference at Yug Sport Stadium, in Sochi. Five-time champions Brazil are now the stand-out favourites to claim a sixth title this summer.

"We´re progressing, that´s evident", Silva said after their win over Mexico.

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.

Brazil defenders Thiago Silva (left) and Miranda training ahead of Friday's game against Belgium.

- The Selecao have been knocked out of the World Cup by a European side in each of the last three tournaments (France in 2006, Netherlands in 2010 and Germany in 2014).


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