Brazil had 59 per cent of the possession within the quarter-final conflict however had been constantly caught on the break by Belgium’s all-star entrance three, Eden Hazard, Kevin De Bruyne and Romelu Lukaku.
However, it was an own-goal from Fernandinho which broke the impasse in Kazan earlier than Manchester City’s De Bruyne doubled Belgium’s lead with a shocking long-range strike earlier than half-time.
Hazard continued to trigger Brazil’s defence all kinds of issues after the break, whereas Neymar, who has been closely criticisied in Russia, produced an underwhelming show.
Second-half substitute Renato Augusto pulled a objective again for Brazil however Roberto Martinez’s aspect held on for a well-known win the attain the semi-finals.
The end result meant that Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Neymar have all been eradicated from the match. Hazard, in the meantime, nonetheless has the prospect to raise the trophy in Moscow on July 15.
Following Belgium’s win, Fabregas threw shade at Neymar by suggesting that his Chelsea pal had overtaken the Brazilian because the third finest participant on the planet.
Despite as soon as being a team-mate of Neymar at Barcelona, Fabregas retweeted this message…
Brazil boss Tite defended Neymar after Brazil’s elimination from the World Cup.
‘Neymar has almost reached his top level,’ Tite mentioned following Brazil’s defeat on Friday night.
‘He started playing much better that I could have imagined, he’s a really proficient participant bodily as nicely.
‘He has outstanding technical and individual qualities. No one can come close to him at this tournament in terms of intensity.’
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