Belgium knock out Brazil with stunning football World Cup win

Brazil's Willian in a past press conference before World Cup game

Brazil's Willian in a past press conference before World Cup game

Brazil, who entered this year's World Cup as one of the overwhelming favorites to win the World Cup, have now been eliminated following a 2-1 loss in the quarter-finals to Belgium.

Fernandinho's own goal put them ahead, before Kevin De Bruyne's fine second, but they were given a nervy ending as Renato Augusto halved the deficit.

Remarkably, all three of the football superpowers, who have won 11 World Cups between them, bowed out of the tournament at the Kazan Arena.

Belgium's frontline of Romelu Lukaku, De Bruyne and Eden Harzard posed a constant threat to the Brazilian backline.

However, in a big twist, it seems the 28-year-old is now having a change of heart according to ESPN.com's Michael C. Wright, who said on Thursday that Leonard does not want to play second fiddle to the three-time National Basketball Association champion. That freed De Bruyne to play in a more advanced role and the City midfielder revelled in the space Brazil continually gave him.

"They've done something special and I hope everyone in Belgium is very, very proud".

Fewer than five minutes later, it was Augusto who had Brazil's first golden opportunity to draw the five-time world champions level, but he dragged his shot wide from just outside the box, letting the Belgian backline off the hook for a failed clearance. Brazil had no such difficulties in the previous round, cruising to a 2-0 victory over a disappointing Mexico side.

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"Now we need more energy for the next game, " Martinez said, "so let's make sure that we're all together and we're all driving each other to be as good as we can.in the semifinal".

But it was too late for Brazil to muster an equalizer as efforts to force the game into extra time were thwarted by Belgium goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois. I'm going to stress this.

If it was a rude ending for the travelling fans of the three powers, they at least got the chance to spend some time in Kazan, an elegant city that must rank among the more surprising secrets Russian Federation has revealed to the world during the tournament.

Man-of-the-match De Bruyne said his team had passed a "test of character" in the closing 15 minutes as Brazil peppered the goal but were unable to find an equaliser.

Belgium will come up against France in the World Cup semi-finals on Tuesday evening.

He couldn't fashion a win that day but today he bossed the show to take his team to the World Cup semi-finals for the first time in 32 years.

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