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10 July 2018, 05:20 | Charlene Valdez
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Cape Town - For only the fifth time in 21 Soccer World Cup editions - and the first time since 2006 - all four semi-finalists at Russian Federation 2018 hail from Europe.
World Cup games can be defined by the quality of the play, the drama or what is at stake. It was time mainly spent rolling around in apparent agony before getting back on his feet again to continue with the dribbles, flicks and no-look passes. Over the past decade, Belgium have grown stronger and stronger to the extent that they are being tipped as dark horses to end the dominance of the eternal favourites like Brazil and Germany.
However, aside from the fact he failed to inspire Brazil to beyond the last eight, the 26-year-old has also been heavily criticised for his theatrics at this summer's showpiece global tournament in Russian Federation.
"Very happy to be part of this team, I am proud of everyone, they interrupted our dream but they did not remove it from our head nor from our hearts".
"They are two players who are winners, they are fighters, they are survivors". "I can't answer that question right now".
A typically sumptuous strike proved decisive from the Manchester City star, who was the best player in Pep Guardiola's record-breaking side last season.
At the start of this tournament questions were being asked about whether Belgium's talented individuals could work together. For Tite, it was only his second defeat in 26 matches at the helm of Brazil. It's a really tough game to call but I don't see it going to extra-time as these two will be both going all-out attack. "I did my job and made sure the team was calm in hard situations".
England, meanwhile, reached the semifinals for the first time in 28 years with the help of eight goals from set-pieces, more than any other side in the tournament, including three penalties. Before his team's exit at the hands of Belgium the PSG star hogged the limelight with his constant injury problems, Instagram posts, outpourings of emotion and most notably his on field play acting.
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