Belgium use daring and intelligence to outwit Brazil in thriller

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

But despite getting a critical goal from Renato Augusto with a quarter-hour to play, the Brazilians just didn't seem to have any.

We are a battling group, with good young players who can win the next World Cup.

Kevin De Bruyne scored the latest stunner in a 2018 tournament full of them (WATCH HERE), to add to an early own goal, before Brazil fought back valiantly but ultimately fell in the end, 2-1.

But they pulled themselves together and came charging back after halftime, showing Belgium that they too have a resilient side - something which many had doubted.

Brazil has now followed the other two World Cup giants out of the tournament, resulting in a historic first that will see a World Cup semifinal round without Germany, Argentina or Brazil taking part.

The victor will play France or Uruguay in the semifinals in St. Petersburg on Tuesday. Defence is one of the strong points of the the current Brazil side, who have conceded just once in their four matches.

Belgium eliminated Brazil by successfully fusing the attacking potency of De Bruyne and Romelu Lukaku with the creativity of Eden Hazard and the goalkeeping exploits of Thibaut Courtois. You win and you lose.

De Bruyne then completed a counterattack launched by Lukaku to double the lead in the 31st minute.

Achieving that feat for a second time will surely be on the minds of every Belgium player when they take the field at the Kazan Arena. On the other hand, the Brazilians are again left to wonder where they went wrong and how they can regain their dominance in the attractive game.

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.

"I thought it was a great match and we had a lot of it, with plenty of possession and a lot of opportunities", said a shellshocked Tite after the match.

First up in Nizhny Novgorod, Benjamin Mendy and his richly-talented French colleagues, who have been tipped by many as potential World Cup champions, will lock horns with a Uruguay side who have proved both durable and deadly in navigating their way through to the last eight.

Everything you need to know ahead of Brazil and Belgium's quarter-final match on Friday.

The Manchester City ace had time to pick his spot before unleashing a right-footed drive that screamed past Alisson and inside the 'keeper's far post.

Mexico coach Juan Carlos Osorio labelled Neymar an "actor" after his reaction to having his ankle stepped on by Miguel Layun during their last-16 clash, but Lukaku is a big fan of the former Barcelona star.

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