Published: Mon, July 09, 2018
Sport | By Billy Aguilar

Belgium's high scorers take on Brazil's miserly defence

Belgium's high scorers take on Brazil's miserly defence

De Bruyne benefitted from the advanced role and went on to score a breakaway second goal set up by Lukaku.

Henry, who scored 51 goals in 123 worldwide appearances, played for France at four World Cups in all. The 1998 (six OGs) and 2014 (five OGs) editions are in second and third place in that list.

Both players are crucial for their respective countries and both will certainly be hoping to get their hands on the World Cup trophy for the first time.

A day after scoring his first goal of the World Cup, France defender Raphael Varane has turned his thoughts to how his team can stifle Belgium's potent attack when the sides meet in Tuesday's semi-final in St Petersburg.

Meanwhile, had earlier reported that Brazil defeated Mexico by 2-0 in their round of 16 fixture.

Neymar unwilling to play football again after Brazil's exit from World Cup.

Romelu Lukaku believes Belgium will face "the best team in the tournament" when they encounter Brazil on Friday but says the Red Devils have the quality to send them crashing out.

Kylian Mbappe admitted it will be freakish to see former idol Thierry Henry backing Belgium in France's bid for a place in the World Cup final.

The Chelsea star has scored two and set up two in Russian Federation as he bids to captain Belgium to World Cup glory. "Perhaps in one year or two, he will be at their level". All other instances of four teams from the same confederations in the last four also involved UEFA teams - Italy 1982, England 1966 and Italy 1934. We knew we had the conditions to go further and make history. "We can also vary our game, which it is a massive strength".

"Bolivia might not be as strong as Germany and Uruguay not as strong as England".

But he said France were talented and experienced enough to break down Belgium's defensive "wall" around keeper Thibaut Courtois.

"We're in a World Cup semi-final - whether we're in the top four in the world is something we would still have to prove, I think", he said.

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