Belgium defeats Brazil to reach World Cup 2018 semi-finals

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Another possible spot kick was waved away despite replays that showed Neymar getting his eye raked while chasing a header in stoppage time. Jesus had a stronger appeal after Kompany's challenge but again Brazil were denied.

The midfielder should have scored his second to equalize but fired narrowly wide after bursting through on goal.

Kompany will be hoping his gift for anticipation will help get the better of the forward, a player he fears. "And that way, by defending, we're already in a position to win the ball back if we lose it".

"We have lots of respect for our rival". Football's getting tougher and tougher all the time.

"Neymar isn't a bad player but I think he needs to win an Oscar for his performance this World Cup". Her rant appears to have been inspired-or at least pushed over the edge-by the recent news that Kawhi apparently now is warming up to the idea of joining the Clippers, as he reportedly does not want to play alongside LeBron James. Yet after the game began, it was the Belgians that played with the joy and panache and preternatural skill usually associated with the Selecao. It could it be that Brazil was the side more afraid of failure ahead of the matchup, the weight of history and expectation theirs to carry always.

With Cristiano Ronaldo seemingly on his way out of Real Madrid, it seems a certainty that both Neymar and Hazard will be primary candidates to replace him.

Douglas Costa, Roberto Firmino and Neymar all missed chances that could have changed the game in the dying minutes. The Manchester City star injured his ankle in training.

Romelu Lukaku has revealed that he gave positional instructions to Eden Hazard and Kevin De Bruyne before Belgium's victory over Brazil on Friday evening.

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Independent: "In a tournament full of shocks this could be another".

"It was a very impressive game between two teams with fantastic technical qualities", he said.

Unfortunately for Brazilian fans, the 2018 World Cup will be remembered largely for a controversial penalty decision that went Belgium's way, and for Brazil's remarkable wastefulness in the closing stages of the game.

One player conspicuous by his absence for much of the first half was Neymar.

For the third time in a World Cup - after 1982 and 2006 - the semifinals will feature only European teams.

From there on, Brazil laid siege to Belgium's box, taking 26 shots in all to Belgium's eight.

The National: "Belgium will feel fate might be on their side after their fightback against Japan". He is more concerned about being on the floor. Brazil to go through 3-1 and move closer to that sixth world title.

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