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Top scorers meet best defence in Brazil v Belgium clash

09 Juillet 2018

Having started the World Cup behind Ronaldo, Messi's hopes of winning a record 6th Ballon d'Or effectively ended with his and Argentina's massively underwhelming tournament. However, Mbappe's speed has not been confirmed by any official site. Narayanan S looks at the tactical tweaks that won Belgium their quarterfinal against Brazil. He's helped me from when I arrived in England, we have a very special and close relationship.

Neymar was personally tipped for glory in the competition but endured a hard tournament, scoring twice for Brazil but also receiving severe criticism from around the world as a result of his perceived tendency to dive and exaggerate injuries.

According to a UK Sun report, the PSG star disclosed that the Selecao squad members were looking to make amends during the 2018 World Cup after Brazil's disappointing loss to Germany four years ago in the semis.

France's attack is spearheaded by Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud, who firmly warned Henry that he'll "be happy to show Thierry Henry that he chose the wrong camp". "Tomorrow [we] will be put to the test because we are going to play against best team in the tournament, the favourite". That we have got players with super technique. Fernandinho is only the second Brazilian score an own goal at World Cups - Marcelo opened Croatia's scoring in the 2014 World Cup opener, which Brazil went on to win 3-1.

"You can see our lack of experience sometimes, but we have so many qualities too".

The Belgium victor produced a pre-tournament bracket on the entire World Cup knockout stages three days before the opening match. "We have to defend as well as we can and then cause them pain when we have the ball".

They reached the 1998 semi final less than 10 years after their harrowing war of independence, and the current crop of players believe they can go one step further.

"I think the individual talent is quite a big weapon for both teams", he said.

Giroud, naturally, would rather have Henry giving him advice but he claims the French team have a lot of respect for the 1998 World Cup victor.

Top scorers meet best defence in Brazil v Belgium clash