Brazil 1-2 Belgium:Fri July 6: Brazil v Belgium – Kazan, Full Time (Match 58)
Kevin De Bruyne’s stunning strike booked Belgium’s place in the World Cup semi-finals with a 2-1 win over Brazil.Belgium were outstanding in attack in the first half, and by the end of the second half pretty resolute in defence as well. Brazil will point to the penalty non-decision, and it may well be that Vincent Kompany got away with clipping Neymar there. On another day, with another referee, and other folks in the VAR booth … but this was Belgium’s moment, and on balance they were deserved winners. They reach the World Cup semi-finals for only the second time: France await in St Petersburg on Tuesday. As for Brazil, the wait for World Cup number six will now stretch to 20 years at least. Thanks for reading. Nighty night, and sweet dreams, wherever you are.
Brazil: Alisson (6), Fagner (5), Silva (6), Miranda (6), Marcelo (7), Paulinho (5), Fernandinho (4), Willian (6), Coutinho (7), Neymar (5), Jesus (5).
Subs: Costa (8), Augusto (7), Firmino (7)
Belgium : Courtois (8), Meunier (7), Alderweireld (7), Kompany (7), Vertonghen (7), Chadli (6), Witsel (6), Fellaini (7), De Bruyne (8), Hazard (9), Lukaku (8)
Subs: Vermaelen (N/A), Tielemans (N/A)
Man of the match: Eden Hazard
This stage was made for Hazard, who was at the heart of all of Belgium’s forays into Brazilian territory. His close control dazzled and the way he glided past players on the counter attack was a joy to behold. Martinez’s decision to play him off the left-wing was a tactical masterstroke.
Two changes were made by both teams. Marcelo came in for Filipe Luis for Brazil, while Fernandinho replaced Casemiro. For Belgium, Yannick Carrasco came out for Nacer Chadli, while Marouane Fellaini replaces Dries Mertens.
Brazil v Belgium will go head-to-head in the Quarter-final 2018 World Cup in Russia on Friday, July 6. Brazil v Belgium match will be held at in Kazan, Russia.Brazil and Belgium have played each other four times, with Selacao winning three. They met most recently in the 2002 World Cup last-16 stage, which saw Rivaldo and Ronaldo earn a 2-0 win.The Selecao overcame a stubborn Mexico to make their seventh last-eight spot on the trot, while the Red Devils came from two goals down to beat Japan with virtually the last kick of their last-16 clash.This will be by a distance the biggest test either nation has faced in Russia thus far and a semi-final place in the prize.
Team and Squad News
Brazil will be without Casemiro, who is suspended after picking up a second yellow of the tournament. Fernandinho is likely to come in.
Gabriel Jesus’s starting spot could be in doubt after another positive impact from substitute Roberto Firmino.
Belgium have no fresh injury concerns.
Brazil’s 23-man squad : Alisson, Ederson, Cassio; Danilo, Fagner, Marcelo, Filipe Luis, Thiago Silva, Marquinhos, Miranda, Pedro Geromel; Casemiro, Fernandinho, Paulinho, Fred, Renato Augusto, Philippe Coutinho, Willian, Douglas Costa; Neymar, Taison, Gabriel Jesus, Roberto Firmino
Goalkeepers: Alisson (Roma), Ederson (Manchester City), Cassio (Corinthians)
Defenders: Miranda (Inter Milan), Marquinhos (Paris Saint-Germain), Thiago Silva (Paris Saint-Germain), Geromel (Gremio), Danilo (Manchester City), Filipe Luis (Atletico Madrid), Marcelo (Real Madrid), Fagner (Corinthians)
Midfielders: Casemiro (Real Madrid), Fernandinho (Manchester City), Paulinho (Barcelona), Renato Augusto (Beijing Guoan), Philippe Coutinho (Barcelona), Willian (Chelsea), Fred (Shakhtar Donetsk)
Forwards: Neymar (Paris Saint-Germain), Gabriel Jesus (Manchester City), Douglas Costa (Juventus), Roberto Firmino (Liverpool), Taison (Shakhtar Donetsk)
Brazil XI: Alisson; Fagner, Thiago Silva, Miranda, Filipe Luis; Willian, Fernandinho, Paulinho, Coutinho; Neymar, Firmino
Belgium’s 28-man preliminary squad: Koen Casteels, Thibaut Courtois, Simon Mignolet; Toby Alderweireld, Dedryck Boyata, Vincent Kompany, Thomas Meunier, Thomas Vermaelen, Jan Vertonghen; Nacer Chadli, Kevin De Bruyne, Mousa Dembele, Leander Dendoncker, Marouane Fellaini, Youri Tielemans, Axel Witsel; Michy Batshuayi, Yannick Carrasco, Eden Hazard, Thorgan Hazard, Adnan Januzaj, Romelu Lukaku, Dries Mertens
Goalkeepers: Thibaut Courtois (Chelsea), Simon Mignolet (Liverpool), Koen Casteels (VfL Wolfsburg)
Defenders: Toby Alderweireld (Tottenham), Dedryck Boyata (Celtic), Jan Vertonghen (Tottenham), Vincent Kompany (Manchester City), Thomas Vermaelen (Barcelona), Thomas Meunier (PSG)
Midfielders: Youri Tielemans (AS Monaco), Axel Witsel (Tianjin Quanjian), Kevin de Bruyne (Manchester City), Mousa Dembele (Tottenham), Leander Dendoncker (Anderlecht), Marouane Fellaini (Manchester United), Thorgan Hazard (Borussia Monchengladbach), Dries Mertens (Napoli), Nacer Chadli (West Brom)
Forwards: Michy Batshuayi (Chelsea), Romelu Lukaku (Manchester United), Eden Hazard (Chelsea), Adnan Januzaj (Real Sociedad), Yannick Carrasco (Dalian Yifang)
Belgium XI: Courtois; Alderweireld, Kompany, Vertonghen; Meunier, De Bruyne, Witsel, Carrasco; Mertens, Lukaku, Hazard