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Brazil's Willian in a past press conference before World Cup game

It could it be that Brazil was the side more afraid of failure ahead of the matchup, the weight of history and expectation theirs to carry always.

And De Bruyne feels Brazil's inability to properly adapt to Belgium's tactics ultimately cost them. And when it kicked off, the contest was as open as expected.

On eight minutes Courtois was flapping when Neymar's corner was flicked on by Joao Miranda, came off the thigh of Thiago Silva and then off the post.

Augusto had a chance to be a Brazilian legend just a few moments later.

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. The Europeans were happy in letting Brazil enjoy the possession as long as the passage of play in the midfield was blocked. The BBC reports that Brazil full-back Danilo will miss the rest of the World Cup. It didn't help their cause when Gabriel Jesus wasted a free header.

For his part, the central defender, who is also a team-mate of Paulinho's, has been trying to cope with the ability of Philippe Coutinho to dribble with the ball, evade markers and dictate the pace in Barcelona training sessions since January.

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Belgium defeats Brazil to reach World Cup 2018 semi-finals
Fernandinho's own-goal ensured for the first time since March 2017 that Brazil was trailing in a competitive match. But they will now head into a semi-final against France with huge confidence after taking the scalp of Brazil .

This was supposed to be Neymar's breakthrough season, the one that made him a superstar equal to Messi and Ronaldo. For all their menacing attacks, the Seleção lacked penetration and rarely stretched Courtois. It was a big gamble to change things and we needed the players to believe. The Red Devils must have been even more nervous when Neymar went down in the box, but the referee correctly waved away his penalty claim.

Before Jesus was taken off the field and replaced by Douglas Costa, the striker was involved in a challenge with Kompany.

The frailties in Tite's side were further exposed by Kevin De Bruyne.

Although Brazil fought their way back into the match thanks to Renato Augusto's 76th minute header, they paid the price for missing late chances. Augusto ought to have levelled when he blasted a golden opportunity narrowly wide. We are very proud of what we can achieve and what we can do as a group'. Possibly, the reason behind not awarding the penalty was the fact that ball was heading out. When Belgian goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois tipped Neymar's last-gasp effort over the crossbar at the death, the last of the 26 shots sent toward his net, Brazil was going home.

Belgium's Kevin De Bruyne, 2nd right, scores his side's second goal during the quarterfinal match between Brazil and Belgium at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Kazan Arena, in Kazan, Russia, Friday, July 6, 2018.

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