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Belgium ready for defining game against Brazil, says Vincent Kompany

Before shootouts were introduced at the World Cup in 1978, matches that ended in a draw were replayed.

For the Belgians, only winger Adnan Januzaj is a doubt having missed the win over the Japanese with an unspecified injury concern.

"No. For me, he is not an actor", the former Chelsea man said. But, Fernandinho should also pose a threat with his ability to find the goal from distance, making him a formidable proposition for the Selecao.

France have become the first side through to this year's semi-finals, defeating Uruguay 2-0 in Nizhny Novgorod, now we'll see who'll be their opponents, as Brazil and Belgium face off in Kazan. We also need the common sense not to show euphoria when we win, but to also not fear losing.

Belgium have been building up to a test like this since the turn of the decade, when a teenage Hazard had already made his debut and Lukaku was on the verge of his own global bow. When you've gone into a tournament and haven't had the know-how of winning a tournament, you can't have the advantage.

"Weakness in Brazil? Not really", he said.

"We can't wait. I feel we are as ready as we can be".

So much had been promised but, faced with an experienced giant, they failed to live up to their breathless billing. You can't attack in the usual way. "Three of their back four are really experienced defenders".

Though Belgium and Brazil are evenly matched in terms of quality, coach Roberto Martinez said there's a simple difference between the two teams. "You should look at the videos".

"We have prepared thoroughly as a team, we have a system we've been putting in place for two years now", said the Manchester United striker. We've grown into the tournament.

"The signs, they've been positive". The signs are positive and of a real desire to be on the football pitch.

Despite all the talent on both sides, Belgium has the most room to improve.

"When you go into a tournament and you haven't got the know-how of winning a tournament you can not have an advantage over the opponent".

Brazil have been knocked out of the World Cup by a European side in each of the last three tournaments (France in 2006, Netherlands in 2010 and Germany in 2014). De Bruyne and Hazard stand over it. De Bruyne shoots, but Allison gets up to tip over the bar. The problem is that you are the guy, the idol of our country and unfortunately this is bothering a lot of people, I do not know why.

"In that case Neymar is a big exponent of that, a technical footballer who's decisive in one-on-ones".

"(Casemiro) and Fernandinho are similar, they both mark very well", Brazil forward Willian said.

Of the four Manchester City players named in Brazil's World Cup squad, only Gabriel Jesus has featured regularly.