Belgium face Brazilian test in FIFA World Cup quarterfinal

Belgium will take on Brazil in the second quarterfinal of the FIFA World Cup 2018 in Russia. While the South Americans are five-time champions, Belgium's best was a fourth place finish in the 1986 edition in Mexico. However, the current 'golden generation' of Belgian footballers have it in them to take themselves all the way. The match will be played at the Kazan Arena and the winner will face either France or Uruguay in the semi-finals in Saint Petersburg on July 10.

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Belgium's Marouane Fellaini (L), Eden Hazard (2nd L), Nacer Chadli (2nd R) and Thorgan Hazard warm up during a session ahead of their FIFA World Cup quarterfinal against Brazil at the Kazan Arena on Friday. (AP)

Belgium's Marouane Fellaini (L), Eden Hazard (2nd L), Nacer Chadli (2nd R) and Thorgan Hazard warm up during a session ahead of their FIFA World Cup quarterfinal against Brazil at the Kazan Arena on Friday. (AP)

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Belgium's Vincent Kompany (R) and Kevin de Bruyne warm up at the Guchkovo Stadium in Dedovsk, outside Moscow, on Thursday. (AP)

Belgium's Vincent Kompany (R) and Kevin de Bruyne warm up at the Guchkovo Stadium in Dedovsk, outside Moscow, on Thursday. (AP)

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Belgium have won all their matches in the FIFA World Cup 2018 yet. They beat Panama, Tunisia and England in the group stage before upstaging Japan in the Round of 16. (AP)

Belgium have won all their matches in the FIFA World Cup 2018 yet. They beat Panama, Tunisia and England in the group stage before upstaging Japan in the Round of 16. (AP)

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Belgium’s best performance in a FIFA World Cup has been a fourth place finish at the 1986 edition in Mexico. (AP)

Belgium’s best performance in a FIFA World Cup has been a fourth place finish at the 1986 edition in Mexico. (AP)

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Belgium's Romelu Lukaku (R) and Nacer Chadli (L) will have to play an important role if they are to reach the semi-finals where they will face the winners of the match between France and Uruguay. (AP)

Belgium's Romelu Lukaku (R) and Nacer Chadli (L) will have to play an important role if they are to reach the semi-finals where they will face the winners of the match between France and Uruguay. (AP)

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Belgium goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois warms up on Thursday at the Guchkovo Stadium in Dedovsk, outside Moscow. (AP)

Belgium goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois warms up on Thursday at the Guchkovo Stadium in Dedovsk, outside Moscow. (AP)

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Brazil forward Douglas Costa (L) and midfielder Fred take part in a training session at the Yug Sport Stadium in Sochi. (AFP)

Brazil forward Douglas Costa (L) and midfielder Fred take part in a training session at the Yug Sport Stadium in Sochi. (AFP)

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Brazil team coach Tite leads a training session at the Yug Sport Stadium in Sochi. Brazil are five-time champions, more than anyone else, but the last time they won the tournament was in 2002. (AFP)

Brazil team coach Tite leads a training session at the Yug Sport Stadium in Sochi. Brazil are five-time champions, more than anyone else, but the last time they won the tournament was in 2002. (AFP)

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Neymar (C) smiles during a training session. The forward has scored two goals so far in the FIFA World Cup 2018. (AP)

Neymar (C) smiles during a training session. The forward has scored two goals so far in the FIFA World Cup 2018. (AP)

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Brazil are looking to become the first non-European team since 2002 to win the FIFA World Cup. (AP)

Brazil are looking to become the first non-European team since 2002 to win the FIFA World Cup. (AP)

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Brazil's Gabriel Jesus (C) is watched by Neymar as he controls the ball during a training session. Brazil and Uruguay are the only two non-European and South American teams left in the tournament. (AP)

Brazil's Gabriel Jesus (C) is watched by Neymar as he controls the ball during a training session. Brazil and Uruguay are the only two non-European and South American teams left in the tournament. (AP)

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Brazil's Marcelo controls the ball during a training session in Sochi. (AP)

Brazil's Marcelo controls the ball during a training session in Sochi. (AP)

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Neymar during the training session. (Utpaal Sorkkar )

Neymar during the training session. (Utpaal Sorkkar )

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