World Cup Quarter Final: Brazil vs Belgium At Kazan Arena Next
These sides have met once before at the World Cup, in 2002. Title-bound Brazil were too strong on that occasion, with Rivaldo grabbing the pick of his team’s goals in a 2-0 win.
Tite’s team come into this match protecting A Seleção’s longest unbeaten streak in nine years. Brazil haven’t lost in their last 15 matches in all competitions, going back to June 2017. They have won 11 matches and conceded just three goals during this period.
What do they both have in mind? Both coaches already strongly suggested that they won’t adapt too much to their opponents. Probably because it is not on the DNA of either of these sides to do so. Roberto Martinez already said how important it is for Belgium to be themselves, aligned with his identity of playing the game.
Brazil have lost all of their last four World Cup knockout stage matches against European teams, and two of those defeats have come in the quarter-finals. The first of them came against France (0-1) in 2006 and the second against the Netherlands (1-2) in 2010.