Belgium advances to World Cup semifinals, beats Brazil 2-1

Belgium advances to World Cup semifinals, beats Brazil 2-1

Belgium advances to World Cup semifinals, beats Brazil 2-1

"You have to accept that Brazil have so much quality and finesse, they break you down, but we did not accept it".

The Belgium clash will be Brazil's first in a World Cup knockout round against a strong European opponent since that meltdown against Germany, which left the host nation stunned.

The coach said having Thierry Henry, who was in France's 1998 World Cup-winning squad, among his backroom staff has helped bridge that gap.

The game began with Belgium on the front foot - the likes of Nacer Chadli, Lukaku, Eden Hazard and De Bryune combined to put pressure on Brazil's backline, thus leaving the impression that Brazil will be unable to keep up with Martinez' side during the entire tie.

"When we counter-attack, our speed is crucial in turning things around".

"Belgium turned their chances into goals".

"We are all very good players and we are ambitious".

But Augusto drilled inches wide minutes later, one of several misses that Brazil were made to regret. They have reached the stage of the World Cup where there is no point in between.

Tite's men lost just once during qualifying but the coach's future could be cast into doubt by Brazil's FIFA World Cup failure.

Midfielder Willian added: "Our defence begins in attack". But we expect a lot more from the Selecao. Football's getting tougher and tougher all the time.

Brazil are priced at 23/20 to win the match in 90 minutes, with Belgium available at 13/5 and the draw on offer at 12/5.

They displayed some defensive frailties against Japan, but Martinez reorganised his team and they showed superb fighting spirit to get themselves back in the match. If you are not emotionally invested then you can say what a match as it had everything, goals, transitions, great saves.

"We are very disappointed because we came here to go to the semi-finals and finals". Of course I want to score but, at the same time, I try to work as hard as I can for the team.

It was the Portuguese manager who initially gave the Frenchman his debut for Madrid and the relationship they share could prove useful.

The last time the two teams met was in 2002, when Brazil clinched a 2-0 victory en route to lifting their fifth World Cup title. You have to be ideal defensively but we rely on what we do on the ball, the same with Brazil.

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