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Belgium’s golden generation is well on its way to World Cup glory following a terrific performance to upset Brazil in the quarterfinals 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.

Belgium now advance to a semifinal 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.

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Brazil: 1
Belgium: 2

Brazil vs Belgium: 2018 FIFA World Cup live scores, blog

Full Time
Brazil are gone and Belgium are through to a semifinal against France!

Brazil: 1
Belgium: 2

Brazil vs Belgium: 2018 FIFA World Cup live scores, blog

94′ – Belgium win a corner…that’s like scoring a goal now

Brazil: 1
Belgium: 2

Brazil vs Belgium: 2018 FIFA World Cup live scores, blog

94′ – Wow. Courtois with a superb stop to keep Neymar’s curling effort from distance at bay! Corner for Brazil. Nothing comes of it…

Brazil: 1
Belgium: 2

Brazil vs Belgium: 2018 FIFA World Cup live scores, blog

93′ – Hazard playing with maturity that could see his game rise to another level now…superb in the second half with the few opportunities given to him to control possession

Brazil: 1
Belgium: 2

Brazil vs Belgium: 2018 FIFA World Cup live scores, blog

91′ – Neymar once again claiming a penalty…nothing doing. Neymar making it a bigger case than what it was.

Brazil: 1
Belgium: 2

Brazil vs Belgium: 2018 FIFA World Cup live scores, blog

90′ – On the few occasions he has had a chance to attack in the second half, Hazard has been superb with possession. Every freekick won for Belgium is like gold now

Brazil: 1
Belgium: 2

Brazil vs Belgium: 2018 FIFA World Cup live scores, blog

Tielemans comes on for Lukaku who has had a superb game tonight for Belgium.

Brazil: 1
Belgium: 2

Brazil vs Belgium: 2018 FIFA World Cup live scores, blog

84′ – Neymar sets it up and Coutinho fails to hit the target first time from close range! Another great chance goes begging for Brazil. Belgium vulnerable here.

Brazil: 1
Belgium: 2

Brazil vs Belgium: 2018 FIFA World Cup live scores, blog

Chadli is off and Vermaelen takes his place. Belgium with the change.

Brazil: 1
Belgium: 2

Brazil vs Belgium: 2018 FIFA World Cup live scores, blog

80′ – Game has come to life again. This should be an action packed last ten minutes here…do or die now for Brazil and Renato Augusto has squandered a great chance! He was played in before his effort goes wide of goal with Courtois the only man in front of him!

Brazil: 1
Belgium: 2

Brazil vs Belgium: 2018 FIFA World Cup live scores, blog

79′ – Brazil looking dangerous now as Neymar combines with Firmino who shoots over the bar from close range! Belgium nervous now

Brazil: 1
Belgium: 2

Brazil vs Belgium: 2018 FIFA World Cup live scores, blog

Goal
Renato Augusto to the rescue for Brazil! Heads the ball in and Brazil are back alive!

Brazil: 1
Belgium: 2

Brazil vs Belgium: 2018 FIFA World Cup live scores, blog

Renato Augusto of all people! Heads the ball into the back of the net and its game on yet again!

Brazil 1
Belgium 2

Brazil vs Belgium: 2018 FIFA World Cup live scores, blog

75′ – Douglas Costa with a shot and Courtois yet again with the answers as he parries the ball away. Courtois has been strong tonight for Belgium

Brazil 0
Belgium 2

Brazil vs Belgium: 2018 FIFA World Cup live scores, blog

Renato Augusto on for Paulinho as Brazil make their final change.

Brazil 0
Belgium 2

Brazil vs Belgium: 2018 FIFA World Cup live scores, blog

72′ – Well the second half nowhere near as exciting as the first as Belgium sit back and decide to absorb pressure. Brazil yet to score the goal they need to get back in this…

Brazil 0
Belgium 2

Brazil vs Belgium: 2018 FIFA World Cup live scores, blog

70′ – Miranda is going to have nightmares about Lukaku. The Man United forward has caused havoc all night. He Burns Miranda again for pace but Lukaku loses control of possession soon after.

Brazil 0
Belgium 2

Brazil vs Belgium: 2018 FIFA World Cup live scores, blog

67′ – Game has died down somewhat which suits Belgium just fine. Brazil must score next…

Brazil 0
Belgium 2

Brazil vs Belgium: 2018 FIFA World Cup live scores, blog

63′ – Brazil on the attack and Courtois forced into a sharp save before the ball falls nicely for Paulinho who reacts far too slowly to take advantage! Belgium survive!

Brazil 0
Belgium 2

Brazil vs Belgium: 2018 FIFA World Cup live scores, blog

62′ – Belgium finally with a chance to break and De Bruyne finds Hazard whose shot goes across the face of goal…Brazil nearly put to bed!

Brazil 0
Belgium 2

Brazil vs Belgium: 2018 FIFA World Cup live scores, blog

60′ – Marcelo the most likely outlet for Brazil to do something in attack. Neymar still not leaving his mark.

Brazil 0
Belgium 2

Brazil vs Belgium: 2018 FIFA World Cup live scores, blog

58′ – Gabriel Jesus is off for Douglas Costa. Second change for Brazil

Brazil 0
Belgium 2

Brazil vs Belgium: 2018 FIFA World Cup live scores, blog

56′ – Belgium under pressure here as Kompany nearly gives away a penalty after sliding in to stop Gabriel Jesus…play on..

Brazil 0
Belgium 2

Brazil vs Belgium: 2018 FIFA World Cup live scores, blog

54′ – Neymar on replay dived in the area…he clipped Fellaini, not the other way around. Marcelo trying hard down the left as he asks questions of Belgium’s defence. Brazil applying the pressure.

Brazil 0
Belgium 2

Brazil vs Belgium: 2018 FIFA World Cup live scores, blog