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Belgium knock out Brazil to reach semi-finals

Belgium knock out Brazil to reach semi-finals Belgium knock out Brazil to reach semi-finals
Stacy Diaz | 07 July, 2018, 05:45

"We've achieved something that is really handsome", said Kevin De Bruyne, who scored Belgium's second goal, "and it's not easy". Most recently, Belgium lost 1-0 to Argentina in the 2014 quarter-finals.

The Samba Kings defeated Mexico 2-0 to progress to the last eight of the tournament, while Belgium came from two goals down to beat Japan 3-2.

The likes of Romelu Lukaku, Eden Hazard and Kevin De Bruyne could cause Brazil's backline plenty of problems and if Belgium can keep things tight defensively they are capable of booking a place in the semi-finals.

At 26, he's still young enough to be able to challenge for the title in Qatar in 22 but you feel as though the two World Cups in his prime are now behind him.

Trailing for the first time in the World Cup, a focused Seleção came out in the second looking determined to get on the scoreboard.

"I don't regret the yellow card, it was for the sake of the team", Meunier said, "and we have a good bench".

Perhaps it was the belief instilled in his players by Spanish manager Roberto Martinez and his assistant coach Thierry Henry, a former World Cup victor with France.

"The characteristics of my players mean they're created to score", said Tite.

"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". It would be very easy to think you turn up and win a football game but you can not do that against Brazil.

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"Everything is open, up for grabs", he said.

Belgium will now face off against France in a much-anticipated semifinal match. But the defense was breached after 13 minutes in Tatarstan.

"Great performance from the whole team". Lukaku has four but seven of his teammates have scored, too.

Brazil's usually impregnable defence, which had conceded only six goals in 25 matches under coach Tite, suddenly looked very vulnerable and was repeatedly sliced apart in the opening half hour. It's personal redemption for the Manchester City man but also shows how several players in this team have matured in the last few years.

Hazard continued to cause Brazil's defence all sorts of problems after the break, while Neymar, who has been heavily criticisied in Russian Federation, produced an underwhelming display. Neymar will have to be careful not to pick up another booking as he would miss a semifinal should Brazil prevail. The Belgians were ahead against the run of play after Fernandinho, replacing the suspended Casemiro, deviated a flicked-on corner into his own net.