Belgium are through to the semifinal stage of this year’s FIFA World Cup staging in Russia after beating Brazil 2-1 at the Kazan Arena.
An own goal from Manchester City’s Fernandinho gave the Red Devils the lead in the 13th minute before his fellow club teammate, Kevin De Bruyne fired a thunderous shot to the left corner of Alisson’s goal post to keep them two goals up in the first half.
Roberto Martinez’s men troubled the five time champions all through the first half to get more goals but their efforts weren’t good enough to find the back of the net.
With just a little more fruitless efforts, the Serbian referee Milorad Mazic signaled the end of the first 45 minutes. Brazil returned to the pitch with a quick substitution – replacing Willian with Roberto Firmino but that had little or no effect on their game as the Belgians were strongly defending their two goal lead.
Coach Tite, who was desperately looking for a redemption in the game further introduced more attacking player, with Douglas Costa coming on for Gabriel Jesus.
However, his presence on the pitch gave the Belgian defence a little worry as he tried to make a couple of find a way into their 18 yard box. At this point, Brazil practically played most of the second half in their opponent’s half, and still no goal for them.
The Selecao made their final substitution in the 73rd minute and barely three minutes after, he grabbed his side’s first goal of the game to keep the game at 2-1 with less than 15 minutes to the end of the game.
However, with all the efforts of the Brazilians in the game, they were unable to equalise as they bow out of this year’s championship at the quarterfinal stage.