FIFA World Cup 2018: Brazil Knocked Out By Belgium, To Play France In The Semi-Finals

A wonderful first half show by Belgium finished Brazil's expectations of a record 6th World Cup crown as a Fernandinho owns a goal and an eminent Kevin De Bruyne strike sufficiently demonstrated to win 2-1 and seal a semi-final spot. Despite the fact that Brazil hit back in the second half with a headed goal from Renato Augusto, the Belgians will play against France in Saint Petersburg on Tuesday. Unbeaten in their last 15 recreations, Brazil's offered for a second continuous place in the semi-finals looked in safe hands. Yet, after an energetic start that saw Thiago Silva approach and Neymar shows early guarantee, Brazil heads went down after Fernandinho's own objective before De Bruyne's radiant strike from separate put the Red Devils in charge on 31 minutes.

Late changes by Brazil coach Tite paid off as Renato Augusto's brilliant header 14 minutes from time hauled the south Americans once more into dispute.

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Yet, as Belgian legs tired, Brazil spurned some few awesome opportunities to push the match into additional time, Augusto boring inches wide and Coutinho skewing his exertion off focus from Neymar's pass.

Courtois delivered an awesome spare in the diminishing minutes, tipping over a twisting drive from Neymar as the Belgians guaranteed they will make only their second visit to the last four, 32 years after their surge to semis in Mexico.

On eight minutes Courtois was fluttering when Neymar's corner was flicked on by Joao Miranda; fell off the thigh of Thiago Silva and afterward off the post.

Tite had supplanted suspended holding midfielder Casemiro with Fernandinho in his beginning line-up, giving the Manchester City player his first World Cup begin since he was dragged away at half-time on Brazil's way to the embarrassing 7-1 semi-last annihilation to Germany in 2014.

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Fernandinho's World Cup misfortunes proceeded with, Hazard's corner falling off the midfielder's arm to float past Alisson and into the net as he rose to square.

Brazil nearly equalized, Neymar spilling down the left and discovering Gabriel, just for his push to go out of order.

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Be that as it may, Belgium's initial opener demonstrated the Red Devils were overflowing certainty, Hazard and De Bruyne connecting sharply to cut open the Selecao's very much oiled barrier without lifting a finger.

On 21 minutes De Bruyne set up Hazard on a free run inside to set up Thomas Meunier, only for Miranda to block his intended cross for Lukaku.

A minute later De Bruyne found Lukaku in acres of space, the big striker coolly nutmegging Miranda before seeing the ball frantically cleared into the stands.

by Vijay Singh | Sat, Jul 07 - 12:32 PM

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