Brazil vs Belgium: Tale Of The Tape

The last time these two sides met at a World Cup was 16 years back, in 2002. In that match, both Rivaldo and Ronaldo scored as Brazil beat Belgium 2-0. Come to the present, and the two teams are competing with a much even term. Brazil vs Belgium: Tale Of The Tape is here:

Facts & Flashbacks:

  • Two of the strongest teams face off
  • Brazil defeated Mexico resoundingly with the scoreline 2-0
  • Belgium came back from 0-2 down to win 3-2 against Japan
  • Winner faces France in one of the biggest semi-finals to date

Both Tite and Roberto Martinez are trying to find a system that will get the best out of their talented individuals. And Brazil seems as though they have cracked and are getting stronger and jelling together match-by-match. On the other hand, Belgium can’t seem to find a way to play as a cohesive unit and Kevin De Bruyne is struggling.

Head-to-Head:

24 Apr 1963    Belgium v Brazil     5-1    International Friendly
02 Jun 1965    Brazil v Belgium      5-0    International Friendly
12 Oct 1988    Belgium v Brazil      1-2    International Friendly
17 Jun 2002    Brazil v Belgium      2-0    FIFA World Cup
06 Jul 2018    Brazil v Belgium            FIFA World Cup

If this isn’t the game of the tournament so far, we don’t know which one is. Belgium is the side with the most goals in this World Cup so far. And well Brazil is Brazil, with names like Neymar and Coutinho just getting started.

Odds:

Brazil: 11/10

Belgium: 5/2

Draw: 5/2

Prediction:

Brazil 2-2 Belgium (Belgium win on penalties)

 

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