Goalkeepers: Alisson (Roma), Ederson (Manchester City), Cassio (Corinthians).
Defenders: Danilo (Manchester City), Fagner (Corinthians), Marcelo (Real Madrid), Filipe Luis (Atletico Madrid), Thiago Silva, Marquinhos (both PSG), Miranda (Inter Milan), Pedro Geromel (Gremio). Midfielders: Casemiro (Real Madrid), Fernandinho (Manchester City), Paulinho (Barcelona), Fred (Shakhtar Donetsk), Renato Augusto (Beijing Guoan), Philippe Coutinho (Barcelona), Willian (Chelsea), Douglas Costa (Juventus). Forward: Neymar (PSG), Taison (Shakhtar Donetsk), Gabriel Jesus (Manchester City), Roberto Firmino (Liverpool).
Goalkeepers: Koen Casteels (Wolfsburg), Thibaut Courtois (Chelsea), Simon Mignolet (Liverpool).
Defenders: Toby Alderweireld (Tottenham Hotspur), Dedryck Boyata (Celtic), Vincent Kompany (Manchester City), Thomas Meunier (Paris St-Germain), Thomas Vermaelen (Barcelona), Jan Vertonghen (Tottenham). Midfielders: Yannick Carrasco (Dalian Yifang), Kevin de Bruyne (Manchester City), Mousa Dembele (Tottenham Hotspur), Leander Dendoncker (Anderlecht), Marouane Fellaini (Manchester United), Eden Hazard (Chelsea), Thorgan Hazard (Borussia Monchengladbach), Adnan Januzaj (Real Sociedad), Youri Tielemans (Monaco), Axel Witsel (Tianjin Quanjian). Strikers: Michy Batshuayi (Chelsea), Nacer Chadli (West Brom), Romelu Lukaku (Manchester United), Dries Mertens (Napoli).
How did the teams reach the quarter-finals?
Brazil have been the antithesis of everything we’ve come to expect from the nation that brought samba to soccer. Their football has been pragmatic rather than gripping, but after comfortably cruising through their group, they’ve shown a bit more panache. Having beaten Mexico without really pushing themselves, it’s frightening to think what might happen if Brazil manage to finally click.
Belgium beat England in a game that seemingly neither wanted to win, topping the group and giving them a tougher run of fixtures. They were expected to cruise past Japan in their last-16 fixture but instead found themselves 2-0 down in the second half – before a spectacular comeback was crowned by a stunning team goal put away by Nacer Chadli to make it 3-2 in the 94th minute.
Players to watch
Pre-tournament, the answer would’ve comfortably been Neymar. But, having had his season cut short by injury, he still seems to be rusty (except when it comes to his theatrical diving skills). In his absence, it’s Liverpool midfielder Phillipe Coutinho who’s really shone, creating chances galore and even scoring one of his trademark long shots against Switzerland.
For Belgium, it’s hard to look beyond Eden Hazard. The skipper’s mesmerising dribbling, immaculate first touch and passing have made him one of the players of the tournament so far. Unfortunately for Brazil, Belgium also have the substantial talents of Lukaku and Mertens in support of the Chelsea man. And if that fails? Well, they can stick Fellaini up front and hope something bounces in off his substantial head.
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