Belgium defeats Brazil to reach World Cup 2018 semi-finals

Romelo Lukaku leads Belgium with four goals so far in the tournament

For Belgium, defender Jan Vertonghen and De Bruyne are carrying yellow cards as well.

Brazil were nearly caught out as they pushed forward but Eden Hazard fired wide after another quick counter-attack.

The opener came after a bit of good fortune.

And substitute Renato Augusto gave Brazil hope in the 76th minute with a glancing header from a deft Coutinho chip that beat Courtois and cut the Selecao's deficit in half.

But as Belgian legs exhausted, Brazil spurned several great chances to push the match into extra-time, Augusto drilling inches wide and Coutinho skewing his effort off target from Neymar's pass.

It will be the first time since 2006 that four European teams will feature in the World Cup semifinals.

But they will now head into a semi-final against France with huge confidence after taking the scalp of Brazil. The victor of England vs. Sweden will then meet either Croatia or Russian Federation.

Brazil will depart at the last eight stage for the third time in the last four World Cups despite the best efforts of talismanic forward Neymar, who followed Argentina's Lionel Messi and Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo out of the tournament.

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"A lot of respect, you 'll only get respect for Brazil from Belgium for what Tite is achieving with his team".

The coach said having Thierry Henry, who was in France's 1998 World Cup-winning squad, among his backroom staff has helped bridge that gap.

Lukaku's coach Roberto Martinez highlighted Neymar's ability in one-on-one situations as something his team will have to pay close attention to, but he feels Belgium also have plenty of "individual talent" to cause significant problems.

Romelo Lukaku leads Belgium with four goals so far in the tournament. Fernandinho's own-goal ensured for the first time since March 2017 that Brazil was trailing in a competitive match. Unlike then - an eventual 4-1 victory over Uruguay - there was no comeback. But as the referee started to seek a video review, Neymar appeared to urge against it. Not one player in a red shirt was anywhere near him.

Kompany obscured the view of his City team-mates Jesus and Fernandinho as he leapt to reach Chadli's cross and the ball rebounded in off the latter's shoulder.

Minutes later Augusto hung in the air to meet Coutinho's perfectly-weighted cross and direct it past Courtois to spark celebrations among the Brazilian fans in Kazan. "When you play you have to get a tactical advantage. This is something special".

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