Brazil vs Belgium ends 2- 1

Martinez had Belgium come out in a different look in the quarter-final against the Selecao, abandoning the set-up that had netted four wins in four matches for the Red Devils. We had to be fearless tactically and to do that in a World Cup, the players have to believe.

The 1-0 scoreline didn't last long, as Belgium doubled their lead just after the half-hour mark.

Brazil were more convincing in their 2-0 win over Mexico in the previous round than Belgium were in overcoming an underrated Japan.

This will be the fifth meeting between Brazil and Belgium.

Brazil's Willian in a past press conference before World Cup game. The teams were among the pre-tournament favorites to rule the soccer world, but one of their World Cup journeys will end in abject disappointment.

"We are a team where everyone gives everything in the matches and in preparation.I just have words of gratitude for my team mates", he said.

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Yet, Roberto Martinez's men were too good tonight. The forward, who once clocked the lowest distance covered figures in a Premier League season, ran himself into the ground for his team-mates, held up the ball with skill and gelled Belgium's attacking play.

"They did it. You saw incredible heart from this team", Martinez said post-match. Normally known for their prolific offense, the club's stingy defense had racked up three successive clean sheets in the World Cup so far and allowed only six goals in 25 matches under head coach, Tite.

"Everything is open, up for grabs", he said.

The winners of today's two quarter-final ties will then meet in the last four in St Petersburg next Tuesday. That is not to undermine Belgium, who are a great team.

They had not conceded a goal in Russian Federation since a 1-1 draw against Switzerland in their first group match. Jesus had a stronger appeal after Kompany's challenge but again Brazil were denied. The replacements a Premier League victor who dominated the midfield for Manchester City last season.

Brazil head coach Tite has defended Neymar's performance despite admitting that he has not been at his best. Neymar will have to be careful not to pick up another booking as he would miss a semifinal should Brazil prevail. Marcelo makes a welcome return from injury in place of Filipe Luis, while Fernandinho comes into midfield in place of Casemiro.

De Bruyne advanced on the exposed Marcelo and arrowed a wonderful drive across Alisson from the edge of the penalty area after Lukaku collected the ball, turned and embarked on a 40-yard rampaging run with a flawless pass at the end to free the playmaker.

  • Salvatore Jensen