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Belgium brilliant, Brazil gone as red devils book date with France

Eden Hazard in Belgium colours. (AP Photo/Amel Emric)
Roar Guru
6th July, 2018

Belgium’s golden generation is well on its way to World Cup glory following a terrific performance to upset Brazil in the quarter-finals of the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

The red devils produced an attacking masterpiece in the first half, and deservedly held a two-nil lead at halftime as a Fernandinho own goal and a Kevin De Bruyne masterpiece gave Belgium the advantage.

Brazil had their chances throughout the contest but were denied by wasteful finishing, the post and a very in-form Courtois.

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Belgium now advance to a semi-final against neighbours France who earlier accounted for Uruguay two-nil. There are now no South American nations left in the tournament which means that the World Cup will be staying in Europe for another four years.

That means little though to Belgium. They will now fancy their chances of going all the way after upsetting the five-time world champions.

As for Brazil, the wait goes on for Neymar, who will be 30 years of age by the time Qatar 2022 rolls around. Will he join Messi and Ronaldo on the list of great players to have never won football’s greatest prize?

Belgium stars such as Eden Hazard, Kevin De Bruyne, Romelo Lukaku and Vincent Kompany however can all etch their names into footballing immortality if they can produce two more outstanding performances in Russia.