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    Belgium are through to the semi-finals! Full-time score- Brazil 1, Belgium 2

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    90+3: Courtois makes a brilliant save of Neymar’s curling effort into the goal!

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    5 minutes to be added on, maybe the longest 5 minutes for Belgium!

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    87: Second Belgium change. Lukaku has played well, and he’s replaced by Tielemans.

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    84: First change for Belgium. Chadli off, Vermaelen on.

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    Vermaelen prepares to come on for Belgium!

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    80: Corner to Brazil after superb work from Douglas Costa.

    Roberto Martinez hasn’t made a sub yet. He needs to get moving! Some tired legs out there.

    Neymar takes, but Fellaini does superbly to clear AGAIN!

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    GOAALL! Brazil-1 , Belgium 2, game on!! Can they make a comeback? Renato Augusto scored!

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    72: Third and final sub for Brazil. Paulinho is replaced by Renato Augusto.

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    68: Few shots of the fans in the crowd. The Belgians look nervous, the Brazilians look defeated. Still plenty of time here.

Belgium defeated Brazil in Kazan with 2 goals to Brazil’s 1, Belgium mastered their tactics in this game to beat Brazil.
The first goal was an unfortunate one for Brazil- an own goal by Manchester City’s Fernandinho.
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Brazil managed to get one goal back from Augusto’s effort but it wasn’t enough to see them through to the semis as they lost on the night. Also Read - Brazilian Couple Spotted Wearing 'Spacesuits' to Fight COVID-19, Pictures Go Viral | Watch

Neymar, Marcelo, Thiago Silva, and company tried their best to battle the demons of the past but they were overcome by Belgium. Also Read - Brazilian President Bolsonaro Tests Positive For Coronavirus, Undergoing Treatment

The Brazilian players were dejected and left in tears at full-time, another one of the favorites of the World Cup are eliminated.

If asked before the kick-off of any FIFA World Cup to predict which team will score the most goals, many people would choose Brazil. After all, A Seleção are traditionally known for their flair for the spectacular, their thirst for goals and their ‘Joga Bonito’. Yet, at Russia 2018, the South Americans’ current total of seven goals puts them fifth in the scoring charts, five behind the top team, Belgium.

Indeed, the Red Devils’ return of 12 goals for and just four against is almost more Brazilian-like. As it is though, Brazil’s defensive marshal, Thiago Silva, has helped his side go 310 minutes without conceding, forming the meanest backline at these world finals, with just a solitary goal against so far. Only rarely have Brazil found the balance between controlled attacking and disciplined defending quite as well as they have so far in Russia.

By way of contrast, the Belgians have proven to be vulnerable at the back. Nevertheless, with players like Romelu Lukaku – who sits second in scoring at this World Cup with four goals – and Eden Hazard, they have also shown themselves to be capable of scoring or creating something at any given moment. It is not for nothing that they are labelled the country’s golden generation.

Can they get the better of the five-time world champions in Kazan and move into the last four? Doing so would mean Belgium winning a fifth consecutive World Cup match, which would set a new national record. The first and only time the sides previously met at the global showpiece was in the last 16 in 2002 when goals from Rivaldo and Ronaldo earned a victory for a Brazil team that would go on to lift the title. That is a result that current playmakers Neymar and Philippe Coutinho, who have each been directly involved in three goals already, would no doubt be more than happy to emulate.

(Inputs From FIFA Official)