The World Cup in Russia has been by far one of the most dramatic World Cups ever witnessed in probably the longest time possible.
There were moments of scare that racism and other forms of hooliganism would surface at the World Cup with others claiming that this world cup would be boring.
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This has however been all washed away as Russia have been a good host to the rest of the World for the biggest show piece in World football and so much drama has been on and off the pitch with good security and reception from the Russian general public.
From the group stages to the knock out stages, beautiful games everywhere but most importantly it has been more than difficult to identify what would be goal of the tournament, from Jan Vertogen’s header to Ricardo Quaresma’s brilliant master piece of a goal, one will be hard pressed to identify what would be goal of the tournament.
Today we will however not focus our attention on such issues but rather on the big game at hand as a golden generation of Belgium will be taking on a rather not so talented Brazil who are mainly depending on pedigree.
Belgium under Martinez have been brilliant going forward scoring huge amounts of goals, but they received their biggest test and scare when they played against a very resilient Japan and their defense was exposed for all to see.
The Red Devils however managed to fight back from 2 goals down to record one of the biggest and best comebacks of the World Cup to prevent a huge World Cup shock after the likes of Argentina were already knocked out with Germany exiting from the group stages.
Brazil on the other hand had to tussle it out against their arch rivals from North America who occasionally participate in the Copa Americana tournament. The Selecao won by two goals to zero thanks to a goal from poster boy Neymar and Firminho who came on as a substitute.
For Belgium they will have to work really hard to keep Neymar Jr who has since improved after getting so much criticism from media about his diving antics alongside a very deadly Coutinho and a Willian who seems to have found his stepping.
These three posses the danger that Belgium’s defense will have to be very wary of and should the Brazilian trio come out guns blazing, then this promises to be one of the best attacking football matches we will watch in the World Cup with Belgium depending on Kevin DeBryune, Eden Hazard and Romelu Lukaku.
The big question for Belgium will be on who will be playing the deep role in midfield to try and shield the Brazilian attacks. He will have to choose from Vitsel and Dembele with many preferring the lanky Spurs midfielder.
For Brazil, their headaches is on Real Madrid midfielder who is suspended for the quarter finals after he received his second booking.
This game will test every nerve of the players but it will be won based off the performances of the defenders and the goal keepers as both teams are very good going forward.
Author: Moses Echodu
Moses is a freelance writer for Newslibre and Programs Manager at the Craft Silicon Foundation. He loves writing about sports, politics and news around the globe and Inspiring new young people!!