Headlines in the aftermath of the victory over Mexico focused on Neymar's theatrical reaction to challenges made on him rather than his performance, and he was powerless to stop Brazil losing 2-1 to Belgium in the last eight.
"It's a World Cup semi-final. there are no favourites", he added.
Belgium's quarter-final battle with Brazil will be a classic encounter between an unstoppable force and an immovable object when the tournament's joint best defence comes up against its most free-scoring attack in Kazan on Friday. "We know that there is only one Pele and there will never be another", Scolari said in an interview with Spanish reporters.
Brazil have won the World Cup 5 times followed by Italy and Germany, who have won it 4 times.
"We want to keep making that history". This Belgium team have also scored their 14th goal, now a record for most goals by Belgium at a World Cup, beating the 12 scored in 1986.
Some suggested that the stunning goal from Nacer Chadli in injury time was due to the Samurai Blue's tactical naivety but Belgium also cut through experienced Brazil in the same way several times in the quarter-finals.
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Martinez has praised his assistant coach Henry for helping the 25-year-old improve over this tournament, but the former Wigan and Everton manager says that Lukaku's improvement is ultimately down to his own determination to become the best.
"President Putin called me before the (last-16) game with the Spanish and after", said Cherchesov, who masterminded a win against Spain on penalties in the last 16. "Nothing justifies racism. We are with you Fernandinho". We can't leave him any space because he's a quality player. Belgium are a strong side on paper and play as a total unit.
Manchester United striker Lukaku set up Belgium's second goal before half-time when his powerful run enabled Kevin De Bruyne to smash a finish into the corner.
Thumping headers from Harry Maguire and Dele Alli were enough to secure a first world cup semi-final berth for the Three Lions in 28 years.
"It's a heavy, bitter feeling".