Kazan confirmed as World Cup graveyard of champions

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The Seleção plummeted out of the World Cup on Friday after falling to defeat at the hands of Belgium in the quarter final, leaving Tite to pick up the pieces as criticism over his team selection reached boiling point. "They've probably not had the tournaments they set out to have, but they're still two of the best players in the world".

The core of that side remains in place in Russian Federation, where Belgium has won all four of its matches, including coming back from 2-0 down to beat Japan in the round of 16 with a thrilling counterattack in the final seconds of injury time.

Kazan's official participation in the World Cup was coming to an end on Saturday as the Brazil squad made their way to the airport for the long flight home and their fans consoled each other over beers on the streets of the Tatarstan capital. "The players who play against him are tough".

"I work a lot and I'm fully focused on the things that I'm doing now".

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A stingy Brazil team has only conceded once in the tournament and Lukaku said it is hard to find weaknesses. "Naturally we want to win, but we are not expected to and that is an important difference".

"I don't think it will be a game with many secrets".

"You have to accept that Brazil have finesse and they will break you down but we did not accept it".

Belgium will need their wing backs to be operating at full tilt if they are to get back and assist.

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"I knew, time allows you that [recovery]".

The Selecao will be taking on Roberto Martinez's side in the last eight match slated for the Kazan Arena.

"The difference is that we haven't won a World cup, it's as simple as that", he added.

"What makes me happy is not him at his best - less than that". Brazil hasn't had the same coach for two straight World Cups since Mario Zagallo was at the helm in 1970 and 1974.

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Fred suffered an ankle injury at the start of June during a training session with Brazil and was subsequently named as a substitute for all five of his side's matches at the World Cup.

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