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Brilliant Belgium Beat Brazil To Reach Last-Four

KAZAN, RUSSIA - JULY 06: Belgium players celebrate following their sides victory in the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Quarter Final match between Brazil and Belgium at Kazan Arena on July 6, 2018 in Kazan, Russia. (Photo by Buda Mendes/Getty Images)
Brilliant Belgium Beat Brazil To Reach Last-Four

Belgium beat Brazil 2-1 in a thrilling Quarter-final contest in Kazan. Renato Augusto scored in the second half, but the five-time winners couldn’t find the all-important equalizer to the Fernandinho own-goal and the Kevin De Bruyne screamer that came in the first half.

Seleção came out the strongest with Thiago Silva hitting the post from a yard out after being left unmarked on a Neymar corner. Paulinho then had an effort deflected around the post.

Against the run of play, Roberto Martinez’s men took the lead in the 17th minute when a Nacer Chadli corner was turned into the Brazil goal by Fernandinho. The midfielder’s Manchester City teammate Gabriel Jesus’ jump infront of him blocked his vision and the ball bounced inside the near post off his shoulder.

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The game then took a turn following the opener and Belgium’s tails were up. Romelu Lukaku was the focal point of the attack, and it was his breakaway that led to the second goal after he slid the ball into the path of Kevin De Bruyne who hit a rocket of a shot that found the bottom corner, giving Alisson no chance.

De Bruyne had a free-kick tipped over and Vincent Kompany’s backheel flick from the resulting corner was saved smartly by the Roma stopper. The half-time whistle came as music to the ears of the Brazil team who needed 15 minutes to get themselves together and rethink their approach.

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Firmino replaced Willian and Douglas Costa entered the fray in place of Gabriel Jesus, and the attacking forces caused havoc for the back three of Belgium.

After countless attacks, Augusto headed home a beautifully weighted Phillipe Coutinho pass with quarter of an hour to go.

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Tite’s men huffed and puffed, but Belgian stood strong. Firmino blasted wide from close range and so did Augusto just one minute later. As Neymar’s curling effort in injury-time was tipped over dramatically by Courtois, Brazil were going home.

Belgium will now face France in a mouthwatering Semi-final that will take place on Tuesday evening in Saint Petersburg.

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