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Perfect transition play critical if Brazil are to be overcome

To beat Brazil in their World Cup quarter-final, Belgium need more of the play that produced the dramatic winner against Japan and less of what we saw in the first 50 minutes.

The strongest factor for this Belgian team is their transition play. Their movement leading up to Nacer Chadli's goal was just fantastic. From Thibaut Courtois' intelligent hand-off to Kevin de Bruyne, to Thomas Meunier's run and pass, to Romelu Lukaku's feint - the execution was perfect.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 04, 2018, with the headline 'Perfect transition play critical if Brazil are to be overcome'. Print Edition | Subscribe