Brazil vs Belgium ends 2- 1

Brazil vs Belgium ends 2- 1

Brazil vs Belgium ends 2- 1

A courageous Belgium showcased their attacking brilliance then survived a spirited Brazilian fightback to claim a 2-1 win over the tournament favourites at Kazan Arena and reach the last four for the first time in 32 years.

Belgium went into half-time 2-0 up thanks to a Fernandinho own goal and De Bruyne's fierce strike, giving a Brazil side previously seen as World Cup favourites a mountain to climb.

Late changes by Brazil coach Tite paid off as Renato Augusto's superb header 14 minutes from time dragged the south Americans back into contention. Brazil won 2-0 through second-half goals from Rivaldo and Ronaldo and went on to win the tournament.

Belgium scored the decisive goal on a counterattack just after a corner had been taken by Neymar.

Kevin De Bruyne scores a shocking second goal for Belgium off the counter attack.

Belgium goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, though, made a fine saves from Coutinho and Serbian referee Milorad Mazic waved away penalty appeals from Neymar and Gabriel Jesus.

But they will now head into a semi-final against France with huge confidence after taking the scalp of Brazil.

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Tite's assistant coach Cleber Xavier told Fifa.com: "When it's time to play we play, and when it's time to defend we defend; that's the balance in our game". If the Belgian trio of Vincent Kompany, Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen manage to contain the threat of Coutinho and Neymar in the upcoming match, Brazil might end up toothless in attack.

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

I have no complaints about it - he is playing well, Brazil are winning while other traditionally strong teams have gone home, and the team is scoring at the right time and playing good football - but people insist on focusing on a minor thing that really isn't so important.

Roberto Martinez's men will now look ahead to their match against 1998 winners France, having beat five-time holders Brazil at the Kazan Arena to inch one step closer to the most important piece of silverware in all of sport.

The current team has been tagged the "golden generation" in recent years, but had lost their last two major quarter-finals against Argentina four years ago and Wales at Euro 2016.

Belgium led World Cup favourites Brazil 2-0 at half-time in their quarter-final on Friday as the tournament in Russian Federation braced for a major shock. If you aren't scheduling your entire life around World Cup, you'll be happy to know fuboTV provides access to all of the games for up to 72 hours after the original airing, allowing you to watch the games on your own schedule.

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