Belgium knocks soccer powerhouse Brazil out of World Cup


Belgium had reached its objective, Wilmots cheerfully declaring in the postgame press conference.

Never mind that his impossibly gifted and deep golden generation was surely capable of more.

Both sides won their respective groups easily, but the Red Devils were given a awful fright by Japan in the round of 16 - they had to claw back a two-goal deficit to win 3-2.

If every country has a national trait, Belgium's is probably modesty.

The outcome sparked jubilation in Belgium - and much soul-searching in Brazil. But when the team goes on the attack, it does so in a way that it can't be caught off guard defensively.

"I thought it was a great match and we had a lot of it, with plenty of possession and a lot of opportunities".

"We haven't won the World Cup". And in truth, position for position, Brazil was really only superior at right- and left-back.

'If you can beat Brazil, you do not have to fear anyone, ' Chadli was quoted at a press conference that was published on Belgium's Twitter account. "Over the last two years we have been working towards this moment". "If you execute it like the players did, it makes it hard for them". "I know Neymar likes to curl it that way".

"I'm not going to talk about the future, I'm not thinking about the future", said the 56-year-old.

"I don't regret the yellow card, it was for the sake of the team", Meunier said, "and we have a good bench".

Again, you could argue with that.

Yeah-Beadle doesn't play games.

VAR came into play soon after the Neymar penalty shout when Kompany tripped up Jesus near the Belgium goalline, but after review the video assistant did not award a spot kick to Brazil.

It will be the first time since 2006 that four European teams will feature in the World Cup semifinals.

Martinez's men put that to bed in style in Kazan, though, matching Belgium's previous best World Cup run when they reached the last four in 1986.

Roberto Martinez's side, which is littered with Premier League talent, raced to a 2-0 lead thanks to an own goal by Man City midfielder Fernandinho, before his City teammate Kevin de Bruyne fired home an absolute rocket of a strike. "Brazil 2 Belgium 1 [after extra time]". And the Belgians got lucky here and there.

The Brazilians had a far more compelling penalty claim turned down when Vincent Kompany rashly brought down Jesus.

In an entertaining and open game, Brazil hit the post when the match was goalless - Thiago Silva missing in front of a gaping net after Neymar's corner - before substitute Renato Augusto gave Brazil hope with a headed goal after Philippe Coutinho's delicious pass.