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Neymar's Brazil Sent Packing, Belgium Advance To Semi-Finals

2018 FIFA World Cup, Quarterfinal

Result: Brazil 1-2 Belgium

Date: 6 July 2018

Venue: Kazan Arena

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Neymar's Brazil were sent crashing out of the 2018 World Cup after losing 2-1 to Belgium, who will now face France in the semi-finals.

Roberto Martinez made one change to his side that defeated Japan as Marouane Fellaini was rewarded with a start, while Marcelo and Fernandinho replaced Felipe Luis and Casemiro.

Brazil went agonisingly close to breaking the deadlock after eight minutes but Thiago Silva's unorthodox finish came back off the post and Thibaut Courtois pounced on the rebound.

It was Belgium who broke the deadlock on 13 minutes as Kevin de Bruyne's corner deflected in off Fernandinho's shoulder for the 11th own goal at these Russia finals. 

Selecao continued to push for an equaliser but they were unable to carve out chances in the box, leaving them to try their luck from distance.

However, the Red Devils doubled their lead on 33 minutes as Romelu Lukaku surged forward before picking out De Bruyne, who sent a brilliant strike into the far corner from 20 yards out.

The South Americans ended the half with more possession, but it was Belgium who looked more deadly every time they went forward.

The Red Devils were defending too deep in the opening stages of the second stanza, inviting the Seleção into their final third, although chances were hard to come by for the South Americans.

Belgium were looking to pounce on counter-attacks and Eden Hazard nearly punished Brazil on the hour mark but his shot from the left side of the box sailed agonisingly wide.

With 15 minutes remaining, Renato Augusto pulled one goal back for Brazil moments after coming on as a substitute, with a well-placed header from inside the area after being picked out by Philippe Coutinho.

Brazil threw everything forward in search of an equaliser in the closing stages, while Belgium withdrew Romelu Lukaku for Youri Tielemans in a bid to eat up the seconds.

Thibaut Courtois then ensured Belgium walked away with the win as he produced a fine save to keep out Neymar's curling effort in stoppage time as they march on to the final four to take on France next Tuesday.

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