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Marouane Fellaini- Belgium ready to show world how good they are says Marouane Fellaini ahead of World Cup quarter-final with Brazil

Marouane Fellaini is hoping he can help his side roar into the semi-finals in Russia Credit REUTERS

Tite has boldly made a decision to reveal Brazil's starting XI more than 24 hours before their World Cup quarter-final clash with Belgium.

If Lukaku still believes there are Belgian fans who "want me to fail", as he claimed weeks ago, there were likely to be far fewer after his superb dummy flummoxed Japan's defence and allowed Chadli a simple but invaluable tap-in.

Martinez hailed the playmaker's ability to stay cool under pressure ahead of the quarter-final against Brazil in Kazan. Neymar in the future will be the best player in the world.

Lukaku may find himself outdone by Neymar, who was the star of Brazil's 2-0 win over Mexico. "With the players they have, I think both teams deserve to probably be a little bit further in this tournament and not face each other now but we have to play in the quarter-finals so we will see". If we show the same mentality as we did on Monday, we have a big chance. If you have to do a "chapeau" [trick which involves flicking the ball over your head], do it.

Ahead of the match, Belgium forward Romelu Lukaku defended Neymar, with the Brazilian being accused of diving in Russian Federation. Two years later, in the face of determined defending, he faded when it mattered most and drifted out of the game as Wales knocked them out of the Euros with a 3-1 shock.

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Earlier the squad had been greeted by hundreds of supporters when they touched down in Kazan as Neymar took photos of the welcome and declared: "This is Brazil". "That's what this World Cup is all about", the Spaniard told Belgian media on Wednesday. Kevin De Bruyne has been pulling the strings in midfield for his side effectively but his work has gone unnoticed for he has failed to create the expected magic. With Casemiro out, De Bruyne can be the man to exploit Brazil's core.

However, the clash of the fancied South Americans and Belgium's "Golden Generation" has given the most casual of analysts reason to feel smug that, at least, they got one thing right in their scenario plotting. They've only gone out twice at this stage in that run (vs France in 2006 and vs the Netherlands in 2010).

Belgium have reached consecutive World Cup quarter-finals for the first time - they lost at this stage to Argentina in 2014.

'If the defenders manage to stop Neymar without fouling him then he can not stay on the floor for too long, ' Rivaldo, a 2002 World Cup victor, said. It's not like we've been failing up to now but there is a level above, which we need to achieve, which can be done by a game like the one we are playing against Brazil.

But their marauding finish, banging in three consecutive goals late in the tie to erase a 2-0 deficit, was a sobering reminder of the firepower at Roberto Martinez's disposal.

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