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Belgium advances to World Cup semifinals, beats Brazil 2-1

07 July 2018, 05:44 | Myron Mathis

Romelo Lukaku leads Belgium with four goals so far in the tournament

Romelo Lukaku leads Belgium with four goals so far in the tournament

The Belgians were 2-0 down and needed a goal in the final minute of the match to squeeze into the last eight. Reminiscent of their on-the-break victor against Japan, Kevin De Bruyne polished off a flawless attack move with a sumptuously struck finish.

Brazil had it really hard with our counter-attacks. Lukaku quickly darted into the heart of Brazil's midfield and easily fed De Bruyne who launched a long-range laser past a diving Alisson for the 2-0 lead at the 31st minute.

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.

As mentioned before, 2006 by France, 2010 by the Netherlands and in 2014, the infamous 7-1 loss to Germany in the semi-finals! The next day in Moscow, it will be either England or Sweden against either Russian Federation or Croatia.

If 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. The pain of Belgium's defeat by the same opponents in the Round of 16 at the 2002 World Cup enhances the joy of reaching the semi-finals in Russian Federation that little bit further.

Belgium will take on France in the semi-finals on Tuesday and Martinez's assistant, Henry, will come up against his country of birth with a place in the World Cup final at stake. "Just treasure it and pass it down in the generations".

Belgium meanwhile, have lost three of their last 4 matches vs South American opponents. "I hope everyone in Belgium is really proud".

At the 12-minute mark, Belgium would draw first blood on their first set piece.

Having won all three of their group matches in Russian Federation and come back from two goals down to beat Japan in the last 16, however, he was convinced his players were primed for their task. The ball struck the arm and deflected into the goal.

Danilo played in Brazil's opener against Switzerland but missed the matches against Costa Rica and Serbia because of a right hip injury sustained in training. But as the referee started to seek a video review, Neymar appeared to urge against it. A booking - if he got one for diving - would have ruled him out of the semifinals.

Yet Brazil was the dominant team for much of the game, and especially in the second half when substitutes Douglas Costa and Renato Augusto ran at the Belgium defence.

For that reason, I don't think this will be easy for Brazil, but I believe they have conditions to progress and predict a 2-1 victory.

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