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Brazil coach Tite dismissed talk that his team is the favourite to win the match against Belgium, let alone the World Cup. We knew that by finishing first in the group our path would be tougher.

Dalic's side will come up against a partisan Russian crowd in their last-eight tie in Sochi but he remained upbeat on their chances of progressing to face either England or Sweden in the semi-finals in Moscow. But I can tell you that we're going to look them in the eyes.

"Nature creates different whimsical shapes, but it's the first time that we came across a diamond looking just like a soccer ball", the group said in a statement.

'It's like playing in the school playground and you have a 16-year-old playing against the 11-year-olds, It's like that he's too big and too strong for everyone, ' Ferdinand explained. There's no reason to be so against Brazil.

Ferdinand's views were quickly echoed by fellow pundit Alan Shearer, who suggested the Manchester United man was close to the ideal centre-forward performance.


The core of that side remains in place in Russian Federation, where Belgium has won all four of its matches, including coming back from 2-0 down to beat Japan in the round of 16 with a thrilling counterattack in the final seconds of injury time.

As has been the case throughout this World Cup, Brazilian forward Neymar will likely garner much of the attention during the match, both for his skills and speed as well as his on-field theatrics. We have to work hard and give our best in every game if we want to win the title. The game will be held in Kazan will start at 21:00.

But Ronaldo said Neymar - who is one of the most fouled players in the entire tournament - needed more protecting.

To be fair to his critics, though, what the midfield maestro has not been able to do in Russian Federation is dictate play in the last third of the pitch as he has done so successfully at club level for Manchester City. "We are all very optimistic that it will happen, hopefully in minutes, hours or the next few days".

Belgium were on the brink of another major tournament failure when trailing 2-0 with 21 minutes to play, only for a magnificent breakway goal by Nacer Chadli in the fourth minute of injury-time to cap a stunning fightback.

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