Brazil vs. Belgium - Football Match Report

Brazil vs. Belgium - Football Match Report

With those three teams - three of the game's big powers, and three popular picks to win the World Cup before the start of the tournament - out, the road to World Cup glory and soccer immortality feels wide open for the remaining teams.

Brazil nearly equalised immediately, Neymar dribbling down the left and finding Gabriel, only for his effort to go amiss.

Belgium boss Roberto Martinez acknowledges that the five-time World Cup winners are favourites but his players are up for the challenge.

Argentina lost its Round of 16 clash with France at the ground, which is the home stadium for Russian Premier League side, Rubin Kazan.

Brazil left-back Marcelo is back in the starting-11 after recovering from a back spasm which kept him out of the 2-0 win over Mexico.

For the first time in this summer's World Cup, the Samba Boys were behind.

He told reporters after booking a semi-final berth with France: "Everyone thinks Romelu Lukaku is just about goals, goals, goals, but I want to be seen as an all-rounder".

Thomas Meunier's post-match comments underlined Belgium's commitment to Martinez's battleplan.

Seemingly undeterred, Brazil immediately went on the attack, and Willian forced Courtois into a diving save with an awkward cross from the right. You win and you lose.

The loss marks the third time in four World Cups that Brazil has been eliminated in the quarterfinals.

England plays Sweden in the quarterfinals on Saturday, at face value a far easier proposition than meeting Brazil.

"I thought it was a great match and we had a lot of it, with plenty of possession and a lot of opportunities", said a shellshocked Tite after the match.

Morata, on the other hand, only managed to score 15 goals in all competitions last term and wasn't selected by Spain for their 23-man World Cup squad.

Vincent Kompany tried to flick on Eden Hazard's left-wing delivery but the decisive touch came from his Manchester City team-mate Fernandinho, who was deputising for Casemiro and turned the ball past Alisson via his arm.

Everything you need to know ahead of Brazil and Belgium's quarter-final match on Friday.

If Belgium's first goal in the 13th minute had an element of luck, the ball going into the net off Fernandinho's shoulder from a corner, the second in the 31st minute was a shining example of counter-attacking football.

Brazil's breakthrough came via Renato Augusto who bagged a header in the 76th minute after coming on just three minutes earlier for Paulinho. Lukaku dropped into midfield and fed de Bruyne, who smashed home an unstoppable strike from the edge of the penalty area.

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