Brazil vs Belgium was one of the world cup classics as two first half goals from Belgium were enough to see them through into the semi-finals and book a clash with France.
— Marouane Fellaini (@Fellaini) July 6, 2018
Belgium started the game with a physically strong line-up which saw Nacer Chadli and Marouane Fellaini taking up responsibility to rule the midfield and handing Kevin De Bruyne a more advanced role with each of them performing very well.
No, it wasn't all a dream…
You really did see Marouane Fellaini boss Brazil in a World Cup Quarter Final last night! pic.twitter.com/MCz1x1dbTX
— Full Time DEVILS (@FullTimeDEVILS) July 7, 2018
The Manchester City playmaker doubled Belgium’s lead with an exquisite finish after Fernandinho’s unfortunate own goal but despite Brazil’s dominance in the second half , Roberto Martinez’s men stood strong in defense to hand Brazil the exit door in what was anticipated as one of the best wins. Thomas Meunier picked up his second yellow of the tournament in the Brazil Vs Belgium game meaning he misses the game against France.
— Belgian Red Devils (@BelRedDevils) July 7, 2018
Gabriel Jesus seemed to be ineffective against a tough Belgium defense, although they did let one in from Renato Augusto in the second half but that wasn’t enough to push them to get an equalizer in the Brazil Vs Belgium match.
— Simon Mignolet (@SMignolet) July 8, 2018
A win over Brazil means Belgium have made it to the semi-finals only for the second time in World Cup history. Also for the first time in World Cup history the semi-finals will take place without Germany, Argentina or Brazil.
Here are some things we learned from the Brazil vs Belgium game :
1. Belgium Deliver On Big Occasion
The game against England saw both sides playing with weakened teams but unarguably this was the hardest test so far for Belgium who passed it with flying colors.
— Alderweireld Toby (@AlderweireldTob) July 7, 2018
Four years ago The Red Devils were knocked out in the quarter-finals by runner-ups Argentina and failed to live upto their potential but with this golden generation of players they wont be looking forward to making the same mistakes again.
2. Neymar Not Yet There For The Ballon d’Or Taking
After his goals against Croatia and Austria, many would have thought Neymar was back to his best but he still has a lot left in him to prove. He has not hit the heights as was expected from him in the FIFA World Cup 2018 that was his for the taking. Quite often he took it upon himself to carry his nation forward and failed to do so as Coutinho emerged as the talisman for Brazil with his immense contribution.
STUDY: World Cup star has spent 14 minutes rolling on ground… https://t.co/kRpou8kNgA
— DRUDGE REPORT (@DRUDGE_REPORT) July 5, 2018
The world’s most expensive player has been accused of going to ground easily to seek the attention of the refs. The introduction of VAR gave refs enough time to make a decision and avoid controversy.
3. France Know They Can Exploit Belgium Defense
Selecao’s bright start to the Brazil Vs Belgium game could have seen Belgium go 2 down in the opening few minutes as The Red Devils were slow to find their feet. An unfortunate Fernandinho own goal saw Belgium soar higher on confidence going on to grab another before half time in what was a counter attacking classic, something we already saw against Japan.
Full Time: #BRA 1-2 #BEL#Brazil Knocked Out. So Many Chances Created But That Extra Bit Of Luck Was Missing. Excellent Attack+Defense By #Belgium. Congrats. 👏🙏#BELBRA #WorldCup #WorldCup2018 #FifaWorldCup18 #BRABEL #Neymar pic.twitter.com/a907kR12JN
— Sir Ravindra Jadeja (@SirJadejaaaa) July 6, 2018
After going 2 up Belgium were looking for spaces to hit Brazil on the counter but Brazil dominated most of those 45 minutes raising questions over the 3 man defense who did eventually went on to concede one later on. Belgium might have been lucky enough after Philippe Coutinho missed two golden opportunities to get his team back on track and spot on saves from Courtois.
— Football GIFs (@FootballGIFs4) July 6, 2018