Belgium beats five-time champs Brazil 2-1, heads to FIFA World Cup semi-finals

  07 July 2018    Read: 1223
Belgium beats five-time champs Brazil 2-1, heads to FIFA World Cup semi-finals

Belgium beat five-time champions Brazil 2-1 in Kazan on Friday to qualify for the World Cup semi-finals, where they will face 1998 winners France in St. Petersburg on Tuesday, Sputnik reported.

The match has begun with a series of fierce strikes by both teams and during a Belgian attack in the game’s 13th minute, Chadli made a complicated strike and Brazil midfielder Fernandinho scored an own goal after he deflected Eden Hazard’s corner into his own net to give Belgium the lead, 1-0.

However, Belgium was proceeding to put the pressure on the Brazilian players and after a swift attack, midfielder Kevin De Bruyne scored the second goal in 32nd minute, doubling his side's lead with a superbly taken ball which was drilled into the bottom corner from the edge of the penalty area.

Despite their efforts, Brazilian players could not successfully respond during the first time, as their charges met strong opposition from Belgium.

In the second half, Brazilian midfielder Renato Augusto scored a powerful header to breathe life into chances for his team to make it to the semi-finals.

This is Belgium’s 12th appearance at the World Cup, with their best performance being the fourth place they achieved in Mexico in 1986.

In the round of 16, Belgium secured the upper hand against Japan, winning 3-2, while five-time World Cup winners Brazil bested team Mexico 2-0.

The FIFA World Cup quarter-final match between Brazil and Belgium, which took place at the Kazan Arena on Friday, was played in front of a sell-out crowd of 42,873 fans, FIFA said via their official Twitter account.

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