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Brazil And Belgium Name Starting Lineups For World Cup Quarter-Final

Brazil And Belgium Name Starting Lineups For World Cup Quarter-Final

Five-time FIFA World Cup winners Brazil were locked into a fierce 90-minute battle with Roberto Martinez's Belgium in a quarter-final match and after much effort laced with blood, sweat and tears; the Selecao were eliminated from the football extravaganza in Russian Federation.

A Fernandinho own goal and a perfectly executed finish from Kevin De Bruyne gave Belgium a 2-0 lead over Brazil at halftime in the World Cup quarterfinal match at Kazan.

Roberto Martinez's side quickly lost both the possession and momentum in the second half and Brazil began harassing the Belgian defenders. Fernandinho's trailing arm inadvertently helped Belgium captain Vincent Kompany's header land in his own net in the 13th minute.

The devastating denouement to Brazil's last World Cup campaign will not be forgotten in a hurry, not least because the Selecao's dream of a triumph on home turf remains unfulfilled.

Goalkeeper Courtois stands tallThe giant Chelsea stopper needed every inch of his 6 feet 6 inch (1.99m) frame to prevent Neymar hauling Brazil into extra-time with a stunning stoppage time save on Friday.

The golden generation of Belgium made a huge statement of intent to win a first World Cup dispatching giants, Brazil 2-1 in an enthralling quarter-final duel.

Belgium face France in the semifinals on Tuesday.

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It takes some luck to advance from any doe-or-die game, especially at a World Cup. Perhaps it was the belief instilled in his players by Spanish manager Roberto Martinez and his assistant coach Thierry Henry, a former World Cup victor with France. You don't want to play with LeBron because you want to be the top dog?

"Not for one minute they weren't going to give up".

Belgium are through to the semi-finals and they've done it by knocking out Brazil.

De Bruyne then completed a counterattack launched by Lukaku to double the lead in the 31st minute. "Brazil are an incredible team, but there is not one day I go to bed thinking 'What if we lose?'" "We can't wait [for Brazil]".

Martinez shook up his side by promoting Marouane Fellaini and Nacer Chadli to the starting line-up, while dropping Dries Mertens to allow playmaker Kevin De Bruyne to play further forward.

Coutinho's first-time shot flew wide and yet another Neymar penalty appeal was rejected, before the world's most expensive player drew a phenomenal fingertip save from Courtois in the 94th minute. Though there is not much the right-back does not know about the Brazilian ace, having marvelled at his technique at Paris Saint-Germain, he is less than sure about how to blunt the threat he poses.


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