Brazil vs Belgium ends 2- 1

Belgium celebrate against Japan

Belgium celebrate against Japan

Romelu Lukaku picked the ball up inside his own half and surged forward, past a handful of defenders, before the ball was knocked away but fell to De Bruyne to Lukaku's right.

Chelsea's Thibault Courtois pulled off a stunning last-minute save to deny Neymar but in the end it was hard to dispute Belgium's superiority, with De Bruyne, Eden Hazard and Romelu Lukaku particularly impressive.

It all adds up to a semifinal match against France on Tuesday (Wednesday NZT) in St. Petersburg. "We weathered the storm against Mexico, came back into the game and eventually, our opponents hardly touched the ball".

Their joke seems to have come back to bite them now.

Belgium boss Roberto Martinez acknowledges that the five-time World Cup winners are favourites but his players are up for the challenge. De Bruyne made no mistake as he lashed home a thunderous drive from distance.

But it was too late for Brazil to muster an equalizer as efforts to force the game into extra time were thwarted by Belgium goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois. Hence, Brazil will have a lot of work to do if they want to maintain the match-winning streak over Belgium. The other one was the humiliating 7-1 defeat to eventual champ Germany four years ago on home soil. "It was hard to swallow".

The introduction of Fellaini and Chadli in the 65th minute turned things around for Belgium as both substitutes found the net.

Brazil went down two goals in the first half, the first goal coming as an own goal off of midfielder Fernandinho following a corner kick. Unlike then - an eventual 4-1 victory over Uruguay - there was no comeback. "But Belgium were more effective in converting their opportunities". "Not a superiority in terms of performance, but in terms of effectiveness on the pitch".

Everything changed in the 76th minute, when Philippe Coutinho curled the flawless ball toward te penalty spot where Renato Augusto was waiting and anticipating.

At a news conference Thursday, Lukaku said Belgium's disappointing experience at the 2016 European Championship showed nothing should be taken for granted in football and that Brazil will provide a "benchmark" for his team.

"If the defenders manage to stop Neymar without fouling him then he can not stay on the floor for too long, but when other players start provoking him he must do his part, which is normal". It was his second yellow of the tournament and that see's him sitting out of today's match.

"Hazard is one of the best in the world, but now we're on opposite sides", Willian said.

Just like in 1966, 1982 and 2006, the semifinals will feature only teams from Europe.

The victor of the Belgium-Brazil game will meet France in the semifinals. We're on an equal footing with France, the difference is minimal.

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