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Croatia beat Russian Federation, reach World Cup semifinal

Croatia beat Russian Federation, reach World Cup semifinal

Belgium's quarter-final battle with Brazil will be a classic encounter between an unstoppable force and an immovable object when the tournament's joint best defence comes up against its most free-scoring attack in Kazan on Friday.

"The term "golden generation" is obviously one the players didn't come up with and it's not something we pay too much importance to", he told a news conference at Belgium's training base outside Moscow.

Belgium's three central defenders are all imposing figures but two of them, Vincent Kompany and Jan Vertonghen, are the wrong side of 30.

Neymar's second World Cup will be remembered for his diving, rather than his performances on the pitch.

"Very happy to be part of this team, I am proud of all, interrupted our dream but they did not get out of our head and neither of our hearts". "The players who play against him are tough".

Now, Belgium and France are set to play a semifinal match next Tuesday.

"I work a lot and I'm fully focused on the things that I'm doing now. Naturally we want to win, but we are not expected to and that is an important difference".

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A stingy Brazil team has only conceded once in the tournament and Lukaku said it is hard to find weaknesses.

Belgium will need their wing backs to be operating at full tilt if they are to get back and assist. "[But] I think offensively that we are really strong".

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

Manager Roberto Martinez believes Belgium are as ready as they'll ever be to face Brazil, though he admitted his side will not be favourites to advance.

With those three teams - three of the game's big powers, and three popular picks to win the World Cup before the start of the tournament - out, the road to World Cup glory and soccer immortality feels wide open for the remaining teams.

Brazil won the last of its five World Cup titles in 2002 with a team led by Ronaldo, Rivaldo and Ronaldinho.