Three of the eight knockout matches so far at this year's World Cup were decided by a penalty shootout.
But when it comes to comparing achievements, Brazil are way out in front - a fact Martinez was quick to underline as he laid bare how his players could shock the five-time World Cup winners. Not only has Belgium not won any of its games against South American teams in the knockout stages, it hasn't even managed to score a goal. Solid in defence, they build from the back, break at pace and finish with rapier efficiency: it is some combination their coach Tite has developed, a very different Brazil from the side whose assumptions of their own impenetrability were so ruthlessly exposed in that 7-1 defeat to Germany. "Filipe Luis played very well in those matches but Marcelo is coming back".
The Chelsea ace is now nearly certain to start Friday evening's quarter-final against Brazil, which Martinez hopes will provide one of his key men with the platform to further showcase his brilliance.
Brazil must pay close attention to Belgium's attackers. After finishing the group stage with a flawless record, the Red Devils were made to work hard, as they came back from two goals down before finally winning their Round of 16 tie against Japan deep into injury time. 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.
The footballing fans, not a month ago, were anxious whether the forward will be a part of the World Cup, with him being sidelined with a knee surgery.
Neymar was their leading light, scoring once and also grabbing an assist, giving every suggestion he has hit top form at the crucial time following his layoff with a broken foot.
I think Roberto Firmino has to start and Gabriel Jesus has to be rested as he's struggling in the shadow of Neymar, while Firmino brings more link-up play.
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"Everything is open, up for grabs", he said. Whoever wins plays either France or Uruguay.
Belgium will need their wing backs to be operating at full tilt if they are to get back and assist. Marouane Fellaini scored one of the goals in the comeback, while Nacer Chadli struck the last-second -winner, benefiting from Lukaku's masterful dummy.
Brazil are unbeaten in their last 15 matches in all competitions (W11 D4), conceding just three goals in that run.
The World Cup favorite is set to face its toughest test yet on Friday.
Since then he has been a key member of the Tite squad that sailed through qualifying and is among a band of unsung heroes that have helped Brazil's campaign keep ticking along in Russian Federation, even as Neymar's mix of brilliance and histrionics have hogged the headlines.
However, Casemiro is suspended after he picked up a yellow card vs Mexico.
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