Belgium beats Brazil 2-1, will meet France in semi-finals

09 July, 2018, 04:49 | Author: Alyssa Little
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The forward was fouled ten times in Brazil's opening match against Switzerland, the most a player had been fouled in a World Cup match since Alan Shearer in 1998.

Since beating Germany 2-0 in the 2002 World Cup final, the five-time victor has been eliminated by European sides in the three subsequent competitions.

Belgium stunned five-times World Cup winners Brazil as they defeated the Latin American nation 2-1 in their quarter-final on Friday with an own goal by Fernandinho and a superb finish by Kevin de Bruyne.

Fifa World Cup has always been dominated by the traditional powerhouses of football.

Thomas Vermaelen also spoke with the media at a news conference on Sunday and is expecting a hard match against the French.

While another added: "Still can't accept that Brazil is out of World Cup 2018".

Hazard's Belgium team will take on France in the last-four stage of the World Cup on Tuesday night, and the Chelsea attacker has revealed his admiration for Mbappe.

"It is freakish to have Thierry against us in this match", Giroud said.

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Coach Roberto Martinez won praise for his substitutions, with both Marouane Fellaini and Nacer Chadli scoring, the latter with practically the last kick of the match.

"They did it. You saw incredible heart from this team", BBC Sport quotes Martinez as saying.

Foster said that a player of his ilk should not be consistently diving on a game-to-game basis.

"Everyone thinks Romelu Lukaku is just about goals, goals, goals, but I want to be seen as an all-rounder", Lukaku said. Only Guillermo Ochoa of Mexico, who were knocked out in the round of 16 by Brazil, has had more saves in the 2018 World Cup with 24.

"Everything is open, up for grabs", he said.

In earning their rightful place in the semi-finals, Belgium have shown what rewards await those teams that are prepared to put nine or 10 men behind the ball when the opposition are in possession and initiate swift and deadly breaks in transition. Lukaku has four but seven of his teammates have scored, too.

The match, however, may be won at the other end of the field.

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