Brazil and Belgium meet on Friday evening as the World Cup stakes heighten further. The Selecao overcame a stubborn Mexico to make their seventh last-eight spot on the trot, while the Red Devils came from two goals down to beat Japan with virtually the last kick of their last-16 clash.
Brazil have not had the best of the starts in the World Cup in Russia this year. But the five-time World Champions are starting to find their feet in the tournament as they entered the knockout stages after two consecutive 2-0 victories. Mexico, on the other hand, started the tournament on the high, winning the first two matches. But after a 3-0 defeat, they are likely to be cautious against the South American nation. In Belgium vs Japan match, the former appears to be the clear favourite. Belgium are one of the only three teams to win all their three group stage matches.
Much-fancied Brazil get their World Cup campaign underway when they take on Switzerland in Group E in Rostov on Sunday (7pm BST).
The five-time champions look to have returned to their best under head coach Tite and were the first team to qualify for the tournament.
Brazil: Alisson (6), Danilo (6), Thiago Silva (7), Miranda (6), Marcelo (6), Paulinho (6), Casemiro (6), Coutinho (7), Willian (5), Gabriel Jesus (6), Neymar (7)
Subs: Firmino (6), Fernandinho (6), Augusto (6)
Switzerland: Sommer (7), Rodriguez (6), Akanji (6), Schar (7), Lichtsteiner (5), Xhaka (6), Behrami (7), Dzemaili (6), Zuber (7), Shaqiri (7), Seferovic (6)
Subs: Lang (6), Embolo (6)
Man of the match: Phillipe Coutinho.
Philippe Coutinho saved Brazil in stoppage time after they struggled to break down Costa Rica, with Tite's side eventually winning 2-0.
After a stodgy first-half showing, Brazil, who drew their opening match with Switzerland, wasted numerous chances before Coutinho (90+1) netted his second goal of the tournament to rescue his side.
Brazil: Alisson (6), Fágner (6), Thiago Silva (7), Miranda (6), Marcelo (6), Coutinho (8), Casemiro (7), Paulinho (6), Willian (5), Gabriel Jesús (6), Neymar (6)
Subs: Costa (7), Firmino (7), Fernandinho (6)
Costa Rica: Navas (7), Gamboa (6), Acosta (6), González (6), Duarte (6), Oviedo (6), Venegas (6), Guzmán (6), Borges (6), Bryan Ruiz (5), Ureña (6).
Subs: Bolanos (6), Tejeda (6), Calvo (6)
Man of the match: Philippe Coutinho
Brazil eliminated Serbia and secured their place in the second round of the World Cup after a comfortable 2-0 victory in Moscow.
Brazil were at risk of becoming the second World Cup heavyweight to crash out on Wednesday following Germany's shock exit, but Paulinho's lob settled the nerves on 36 minutes and Thiago Silva's second-half header (68) confirmed their passage as Group E winners.
Serbia: Stojkovic (7), Rukavina (7), Kolarov (7), Veljkovic (6), Milenkovic (6), Tadic (7), Kostic (6), Milinkovic-Savic (7), Matic (7), Ljajic (6), Mitrovic (5)
Subs: Zivkovic (6), Radonic (n/a), Jovic (n/a)
Brazil: Alisson (7), Thiago Silva (7), Miranda (7), Marcelo (n/a), Fagner (6), Casemiro (7), Coutinho (8), Paulinho (7), Jesus (7), Neymar (7), Willian (6)
Subs: Filipe Luis (7), Fernandinho (7), Renato Augusto (n/a)
Man of the match: Philippe Coutinho
Second-half goals from Neymar and Roberto Firmino saw Brazil beat Mexico 2-0 to advance to the World Cup quarter-finals in Samara on Tuesday.
The world's most expensive player opened the scoring six minutes into the second half after excellent approach play by Willian, the Paris Saint-Germain forward's second of the tournament and sixth overall in World Cup history.
Brazil: Alisson (7), Fagner (6), Silva (7), Miranda (6), Luis (6), Casemiro (6), Paulinho (7), Willian (9), Coutinho (7), Neymar (7), Jesus (6)
Subs: Marquinhos (6), Fernandinho (6), Firmino (6)
Mexico: Ochoa (8), Alvarez (6), Salcedo (7), Ayala (6), Gallardo (7), Herrera (6), Marquez (6), Lozano (7), Vela (6), Guardado (6), Hernandez (7)
Subs: Jonathan (6), Layun (5), Jimenez (6)
Man of the match: Willian
Two goals from Romelu Lukaku and a stunning volley from Dries Mertens saw Belgium win their opening World Cup game 3-0 against debutants Panama in Sochi on Monday.
After a goalless opening period which lacked clear-cut chances, it took Mertens just two minutes to open the scoring in the second half.
Belgium: Courtois (7), Alderweireld (6), Boyata (6), Vertonghen (7), Meunier (7), Witsel (7), De Bruyne (7), Carrasco (6), Mertens (8), E Hazard (7), Lukaku (8).
Subs used: Dembele (5), T Hazard (5), Chadli (n/a).
Panama: Penedo (7), Murillo (7), Escobar (6), R Torres (7), Davis (6), Gomez (6), Godoy (6), Cooper (7), J Rodriguez (6), Barcenas (6), Perez (6).
Subs used: G Torres (5), Diaz (5), Tejada (6).
Man of the match: Dries Mertens.
Romelu Lukaku and Eden Hazard both scored twice as Belgium sent out a message about their World Cup credentials with a 5-2 win over Tunisia on Saturday.
Hazard opened the scoring from the penalty spot (6) before Lukaku doubled their lead (16) with a tidy finish.
Belgium: Courtois (6), Verthongen (6), Boyata (5), Alderweireld (7), Meunier (7), Witsel (6), De Bruyne (8), Carrasco (7), Mertens (7), Hazard (9), Lukaku (8)
Subs: Batshuayi (5), Fellaini (6), Tielemans (7)
Tunisia: Ben Mustapha (4), Bronn (6), S. Ben Youssef (5), Meriah (4), Maaloul (3), Skhiri (5), Sassi (6), Khaoui (6), Badri (5), F. Ben Youssef (6), Khazri (6)
Subs: Naguez (6), Sliti (6), Benalouane (6)
Man of the match: Eden Hazard
England qualified as runners-up in Group G and booked a World Cup last-16 date with Colombia as Adnan Januzaj earned a 1-0 win for Belgium on a curious night in Kaliningrad.
With qualification to the knockout stage already assured, two second-string sides laboured in a low-key encounter where three points to seal top spot - and a seemingly tougher route through the tournament - appeared a dubious prize.
England: Pickford (6), Alexander-Arnold (6), Cahill (7), Stones (6), Jones (6), Rose (7), Dier (5), Delph (6), Loftus-Cheek (7), Rashford (6), Vardy (6).
Subs used: Maguire (7), Welbeck (6).
Belgium: Courtois (6), Dendoncker (6), Boyata (6), Vermaelen (6), Fellaini (6), Dembele (7), Tielemans (7), Chadli (6), T Hazard (5), Januzaj (7), Batshuayi (6).
Subs used: Kompany (6), Mertens (6).
Man of the match: Ruben Loftus-Cheek
Belgium showed their fighting qualities as Nacer Chadli's 94th-minute strike completed a thrilling 3-2 comeback victory over Japan in their World Cup last-16 clash in Rostov.
Roberto Martinez's side were overwhelming favourites to progress to the quarter-finals after pipping England as winners of Group G but two goals in four minutes from Genki Haraguchi (48) and Takashi Inui (52) gave Japan a shock 2-0 lead.
Belgium: Courtois (6), Alderweireld (6), Kompany (7), Vertonghen (6), Meunier (7), De Bruyne (6), Witsel (6), Carrasco (4), Mertens (6), Hazard (7), Lukaku (6)
Subs: Fellaini (7), Chadli (7)
Japan: Kawashima (7), Shoji (7), Nagatomo (7), Sakai (7), Yoshida (8), Shibasaki (7), Haraguchi (7), Kagawa (7), Inui (8), Hasebe (7), Osako (7)
Subs: Yamaguchi (6), Honda (6)
Man of the match: Maya Yoshida.
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