One team has attacking football written into the DNA while the other is currently enjoying a generation that, while yet to be proven golden, continues to express a love of goals.

Five-time World Cup winners Brazil have been efficient if not breathlessly exciting so far but turned up the heat in a stifling Samara when they needed to in the round of 16 against Mexico.

Belgium, meanwhile, pulled their World Cup hopes out of the fire as substitutes Marouane Fellaini and Nacer Chadli sparked a nerve-shredding 3-2 win over Japan.
It’s hard to imagine the ball will stay out of the net. But who are the players likely to place it there? We look at some of the key battles below.
Neymar Vs Hazard achievement
Neymar rolls to goals ratio remains heavily skewed towards the theatrical – never has one man been so willing to sacrifice his dignity in meme-form for the worldwide web.

Histrionics aside, the boy who would be King has elevated his game with each match as he continues to shake off the ring-rust that saw him sidelined with a foot injury back in February.

Against Mexico he looked more relaxed and was happy to trust his stellar supporting cast with more of the ball rather than taking on the world himself.

Indeed, he only completed two dribbles against El Tri while making five key passes, including the cheeky back-heel to Willian which led to the PSG superstar’s opener.

If Belgium roll out the green carpet in between midfield and defence like they did against Japan, it’ll be easy pickings for Neymar.

He’s been fouled nearly six times per game so far and roughly dispossessed the same amount. Whatever happens – he’ll make himself the centre of attention.

Eden Hazard has been less conspicuous than Neymar but that is through no fault of his own, as the statistics suggest he has been every bit as good as his Brazilian counterpart so far.

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The Chelsea forward was the only player that consistently troubled Japan, first half and second, as defenders didn’t know whether to back off due to his pace or get touch-tight with his dribbling.

It was both that did for the Japanese in the end, as his twist and burst of pace on the left opened up the space for him to pick out Marouane Fellaini for the equaliser.

With Casemiro banned, Brazil have lost a crucial layer of defensive coating ahead of Miranda and Thiago Silva. It is likely Fernandinho who will be asked to perform mop-up duties but right-back Fagner also needs to have the game of his life against the drifting dribbler.

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