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Belgium beat Brazil 2-1, will play France in World Cup semifinal

Belgium beat Brazil 2-1, will play France in World Cup semifinal

But three of Belgium's so-called golden generation - Kevin De Bruyne, Romelu Lukaku and Eden Hazard - ran riot in the first half in Kazan and the Red Devils showed impressive resilience to hold on in the second period in the face of incessant pressure.

"We're in the last four and we're happy, but you want to go to the final and play in the match the whole world will be watching and you want to do all you can to get there".

Belgium is starting to dream of becoming World Cup champions after their quarter-final victory over Brazil while the South American country is searching for answers after its latest tournament heartbreak. "I hope everyone in Belgium is really proud".

Coach Roberto Martinez had been criticised for not finding the right balance to get the best out of De Bruyne early in the tournament, but the Spaniard's bold tactical plan worked to perfection against Brazil.

But it was an error by Uruguay keeper Fernando Muslera that settled it when he tried to palm a routine long-range, swerving Griezmann shot after 61 minutes but misjudged it and allowed it to slip past him. "But I felt our performance merited the opportunity to go through".

Belgium did not dominate Brazil for the whole 90 minutes-that would be nearly impossible for any team-there were distinct moments in the first half where they looked like world-beaters.

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Gabriel Jesus missed from six yards after Neymar's cross found him at an awkward angle, before the rampant Lukaku set up De Bruyne for Belgium's second goal.

"This was the biggest test for us, " De Bruyne said.

Four years ago at home they were humiliated with a 7-1 defeat in the semi-final to Germany.

And in a social media post, Rivaldo said Brazil have to start planning for the future immediately.

"It was a very impressive game between two teams with fantastic technical qualities", he said.

When you add in recent failures in other major competitions like Copa America, which Brazil hasn't won in over a decade, it doesn't matter that Brazil came into Friday's match unbeaten in its last 15 games, or that the giants dominated South American qualifying en route to Russian Federation. There was the penalty shout that fell on deaf ears after striker Gabriel Jesus - who went scoreless in Russian Federation - was taken down by Vincent Kompany 10 minutes into the second half.