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Sport Marcelo returns as World Cup hopefuls Brazil and Belgium clash in Kazan

11:57  06 july  2018
11:57  06 july  2018 Source:   msn.com

Brazil team doctor believes Marcelo's injury against Serbia was a muscle spasm caused by sleeping on a soft mattress in his hotel room

  Brazil team doctor believes Marcelo's injury against Serbia was a muscle spasm caused by sleeping on a soft mattress in his hotel room During Brazil's 2-0 win over Serbia, left-back Marcelo was forced off with injury after just ten minutes and the team doctor believes it could have been caused by his bed. Brazil progressed to the knock-out rounds after the win left them top of their group. They will face Mexico in the round of 16, but it's possible Marcelo could miss the match after the bizarre injury.It was unclear what was wrong with the Real Madrid star as he had to leave the field so early on, but the doctor believes he suffered a muscle spasm.

MATCH DETAILS▼ Brazil vs Belgium Kick-off: Friday, 6 July 2018, 7:00 p.m. BST Stadium: Kazan Arena - Kazan , Russia. MATCH PREVIEW▼ Brazil and Belgium meet on Friday evening as the World Cup stakes heighten further.

Brazil head coach, Tite has revealed his starting XI against Belgium in the 2018 World Cup quarter-final clash on Friday night at the Kazan Arena Stadium. Tite’s men reached the last eight of this year’s tournament after beating Mexico 2-0 in the round of 16. Real Madrid vice-captain, Marcelo

Marcelo returns for Brazil against Belgium (Nick Potts/PA) © Provided by The Press Association Marcelo returns for Brazil against Belgium (Nick Potts/PA)

Brazil coach Tite has confirmed that Real Madrid full-back Marcelo will return to the side to face Belgium in Friday’s World Cup quarter-final in Kazan.

Marcelo was forced off early on in Brazil’s final group game as they beat Serbia to assure themselves of top spot in Group E, before the same back problem cost him a place in the team that beat Mexico 2-0.

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A soft mattress at the team hotel has been blamed for aggravating the issue but Tite revealed during Thursday’s press conference in Kazan that the 30-year-old will replace Filipe Luis against Belgium.

Belgium vs Japan: Match preview

  Belgium vs Japan: Match preview Belgium head into their 2018 World Cup Round of 16 clash against Japan as Group G winners after being one of just three nations to proceed from the group stage with a 100% record. Roberto Martinez’s exciting side kicked-off their campaign by beating tournament debutants Panama 3-0 in Sochi, before thumping Tunisia 5-2 in Moscow and then edging England 1-0 in the top-spot decider in Kaliningrad. They now travel to Rostov where Group H runners-up Japan await, a side not to be underestimated following their opening game victory against eventual group winners Colombia. Martinez fielded a heavily rotated side against Gareth Southgate’s Three Lions, who were missing some key names of their own, after both securing their progression into the knock-out phase in game-week two. The likes of Toby Alderweireld, Jan Vertonghen, Kevin De Bruyne, Eden Hazard and Romelu Lukaku all didn’t feature, which made the win all that little bit sweeter, but those stars are all expected to return for Monday’s clash. Lukaku, in particular, will want to continue his fine form in the competition as he currently sits second on four goals behind Harry Kane, who has bagged five, in the race for the Golden Boot. His goalscoring exploits contributed to the Red Devils scoring nine goals in the group stage, more than any other team, and now face a country who have never won a World Cup knockout tie.

Tite has boldly decided to reveal Brazil 's starting XI more than 24 hours before their World Cup quarter-final clash with Belgium . Brazil 's starting XI vs Belgium . Alisson; Fagner; Silva; Miranda; Marcelo ; Paulinho; Fernandinho; Coutinho; Willian; Jesus; Neymar.

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“I talked to Marcelo and Filipe Luis,” said Tite.

Soccer Football - World Cup - Brazil Training - Brazil Training Camp, Kazan, Russia - July 5, 2018   Brazil's Neymar, Marcelo and Gabriel Jesus during training   REUTERS/Toru Hanai © Reuters Soccer Football - World Cup - Brazil Training - Brazil Training Camp, Kazan, Russia - July 5, 2018 Brazil's Neymar, Marcelo and Gabriel Jesus during training REUTERS/Toru Hanai

“Marcelo left (against Serbia) because of a clinical problem and he has not been back because of a physical problem, he only had 45 to 60 minutes. Filipe Luis played very well in those matches but Marcelo is coming back.”

The Brazil coach went on to confirm that Fernandinho will also come into the side.

The Manchester City midfielder has yet to start a game in Russia but will replace Casemiro – who misses out through suspension – and is likely to be joined in the starting XI by club-mate Gabriel Jesus, despite the fact the forward has yet to score in the finals.

Brazil v Belgium: Combined XI

  Brazil v Belgium: Combined XI Brazil face off against Belgium on Friday night in Kazan for a place in the World Cup semi final. The two nations have only met once before in a World Cup, in the last 16 of the 2002 World Cup, with the Selecao coming out 2-0 winners thanks to goals from Rivaldo and Ronaldo, on their way to a 5th world title. Both squads are full of world class talent, with many players plying their trade at top European club sides. A combined XI was hard to pick, but this is what we have chosen… 1/12 SLIDES © Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images Sport Brazil v Belgium: Combined XI Brazil face off against Belgium on Friday night in Kazan for a place in the World Cup semi final.

More recent images to come to mind perhaps, were Neymar dancing past defenders, Philippe Coutinho blasting long-range shots towards goal, or Marcelo striding with poise and athleticism Brazil Players Neymar, Jesus, Paulinho & Co Funny Moments During World Cup 2018 - Продолжительность: 2:34

Belgium will need their wing backs to be operating at full tilt if they are to get back and assist. Marcelo is fit again for Brazil and could return in place of Filipe Luis at left back, while winger Douglas Costa is back from injury and will be on the England eliminate Colombia from World Cup in penalty shootout.

Defender Miranda joined Tite at the press conference at the Kazan Arena and the Inter Milan man will captain the Selecao.

Soccer Football - World Cup - Brazil Training  - Brazil Training Camp, Kazan, Russia - July 5, 2018   Brazil's Alisson during training   REUTERS/Sergio Perez © Reuters Soccer Football - World Cup - Brazil Training - Brazil Training Camp, Kazan, Russia - July 5, 2018 Brazil's Alisson during training REUTERS/Sergio Perez

The 33-year-old, ever-present throughout the finals, is expecting a tough test from a Belgium side who came from two goals behind to beat Japan and set up a clash between two of the tournament favourites.

Asked about the threat posed by Manchester United forward Romelu Lukaku, Miranda replied: “Belgium is not just Lukaku.

“They are a very strong attacking team but the main way to stop the opponent is to be aware of all of the players who are on the pitch because there are several high-quality players, they are very skilful.

“Our defence is going to be very well prepared to neutralise all of the opponents’ attacks.”

Brazil vs Belgium: Match Preview

  Brazil vs Belgium: Match Preview Brazil and Belgium will face off in Kazan on Friday night in what could be one of the games of the tournament. Both teams arrived in Russia with high expectations, and have both amazed and frustrated in equal parts. Brazil have scored 7 goals while only conceding 1, with a streak of 3 consecutive 2-0 wins continuing with a comfortable win over Mexico in the round of 16, although uncertain performances against Switzerland and Costa Rica mean the pre-tournament favourites will be taking nothing for granted. For their part, Belgium have netted 12 times but have conceded 4, including 2 in their scintillating comeback win over Japan in the round of 16. The Red Devils looked shaky in the first hour of that game, and will need to change their tactics around if they are to avoid going behind early against what has been a stingy Brazil defence. For the Seleção, Casemiro is suspended after picking up his second yellow card of the tournament, but manager Tite has the luxury of being able to pick Man City’s Fernandinho to deputise. Defensively, Marcelo has recovered from an episode of back spasms, and will likely return to the regular back four alongside Fagner, Thiago Silva and Miranda. Brazil have not conceded many goals under Tite but they have looked suspect at times in Russia, and Belgium’s talented strikers will ruthlessly punish any mistakes.

Brazil have conceded only one goal in this World Cup , the equal most stingy rearguard along with Uruguay, and allowed only five shots Belgium will need their wing backs to be operating at full tilt if they are to get back and assist. Marcelo is fit again for Brazil and could return in place of Filipe Luis

Brazil were given a boost in the build-up to their World Cup quarter-final against Belgium as Marcelo and Douglas Costa both took part in training on Tuesday. Brazil won both games 2-0 and now face Belgium in the last eight in Kazan on Friday.

Soccer Football - World Cup - Belgium Training - Dedovsk, Moscow Region, Russia - July 5, 2018. Dries Mertens and his teammates train. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin © Reuters Soccer Football - World Cup - Belgium Training - Dedovsk, Moscow Region, Russia - July 5, 2018. Dries Mertens and his teammates train. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin

While Brazil are chasing an unprecedented sixth World Cup triumph, Belgium are still seeking their first appearance in a final.

However, Belgium boss Roberto Martinez says that past record is the only thing separating the two teams heading into Friday’s encounter, insisting there is “something special” about the current crop of Red Devils players.

Speaking at his pre-match press conference, the former Everton manager said: “The two sides are very similar in terms of qualities. The difference is we haven’t won a World Cup – simple as that.

“When you go into a tournament if you don’t have that know-how of winning one you can’t have an advantage on the opponent.”

Soccer Football - World Cup - Belgium Training - Dedovsk, Moscow Region, Russia - July 5, 2018. Romelu Lukaku, Axel Witsel and their teammates attend a training session. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin © Reuters Soccer Football - World Cup - Belgium Training - Dedovsk, Moscow Region, Russia - July 5, 2018. Romelu Lukaku, Axel Witsel and their teammates attend a training session. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin

He insists they are ready for the challenge of the South American heavyweights, though.

Courtois clarifies Pickford comments

  Courtois clarifies Pickford comments Thibaut Courtois has clarified his comments on the situation regarding Jordan Pickford following Belgium’s 2-1 win over Brazil in the World Cup quarter-finals. Following England’s 1-0 loss to Belgium in the final group stage game late last month, the Everton goalkeeper came under fire from a small section of fans for failing to prevent Adnan Januzaj scoring the opener which would turn out to be the game winner. After the game Courtois seemingly stuck the knife in too, aiming a comment at Pickford’s height and his actions. Courtois was quoted as saying: “The goalkeeper is 10cm smaller than me. I would have caught it.” “He was too busy throwing his legs in the air.” While many in the footballing community, particularly former professional goalkeepers, thought that this comment was unfair, Pickford himself hit back, after a historic performance that included a dramatic save in England’s penalty shootout win over Colombia in the Round of 16. Live on ITV, Pickford said: “I have got power and agility. I don’t care if I’m not the biggest keeper because it’s about being there in the moment and making the save, and I was.” Now Courtois has moved to cool the drama and clarify what he meant in his initial comment. Live on BBC One following the game, Courtois said: “This thing about Jordan, I want to say and clarify it because I heard a lot of stuff.” “I never mocked his height, I want to make that clear, because I would never mock the height of a goalkeeper.” “I think he is a great goalkeeper, he proved that this year.” “I only say that because he got a touch maybe I would have saved it because I’m 15cms taller. But I never mocked his height because I know he is a great goalkeeper.” Editors note: Let’s leave this goalkeeping height debate here, shall we? Grand.

Brazil star Willian says he is looking forward to coming out on top when he faces his club colleague Eden Hazard in the World Cup quarter-final between Brazil and Belgium . The teams meet in Kazan on Friday evening with Brazil the favourites

World Cup - Round of 16 - Belgium vs Japan. By Andrew Downie. Marcelo is fit again for Brazil and could return in place of Filipe Luis at left back, while winger Douglas Costa is back from injury and will be on the bench.

“We shouldn’t play Brazil, we shouldn’t be in awe of the opportunity we have. We need to enjoy our game, be ourselves. When we do that our talent shows,” he added.

“There is something special in this squad, no doubt about it. The signs are positive and of a real desire to be on the football pitch.

“We can’t wait. I feel we are as ready as we can be. Over the last two years we have been working towards this moment.”

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Neymar will stay at PSG amid Real Madrid speculation .
Neymar has no plans to leave Ligue 1 holders PSG following the World Cup in Russia, where Brazil lost in the quarter-finals. "I'll stay. I have a contract with PSG and I've chosen to be there for the challenge, for new things and higher goals," Neymar told Fox Sports at his charitable "Instituto Neymar' auction gala."I won't change my head about it. I hope we can have a successful season, with new silverware, too."The press enjoys creating rumours, but everyone knows how much I care about PSG.

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