Belgium coach Martinez "proudest man on earth" after toppling Brazil

Irene MckinneyJul 07, 2018

Neymar now has two goals to his name for Brazil during the tournament and will look to add to his tally when they take on Belgium in the quarter-finals this evening.

A Fernandinho own goal and fierce strike from Kevin De Bruyne put Roberto Martinez's side in early control of a compelling encounter.

As Belgium lost cohesiveness in the second half and Brazil's changes stirred the team, substitute Renato Augusto reduced the deficit in the 76th with a header.

Everyone knew about the array of talent running through the Belgium side, from Thibaut Courtois in goal to Kevin De Bruyne in midfield and Eden Hazard and Romelu Lukaku up front.

The loss marks the third time in four World Cups that Brazil has been eliminated in the quarterfinals.

If Belgium's first goal in the 13th minute had an element of luck, with the ball going into the net off Fernandinho's shoulder from a corner, the second in the 31st minute was a percfect example of counter-attacking football.

"We are leaving the World Cup with sadness", said Brazil skipper Miranda.

The introduction of Douglas Costa for the misfiring Gabriel Jesus in the 58th minute spurred Brazil on to stage a comeback with the Juventus winger putting up a fine individual display which appeared to inspire his teammates to push for a goal.

Belgium and France will meet in St. Petersburg on Tuesday.

"It's incredible. This team wants to win every game, against England people said it was better to lose but we won the game, we have confidence in our team".

First up in Nizhny Novgorod, Benjamin Mendy and his richly-talented French colleagues, who have been tipped by many as potential World Cup champions, will lock horns with a Uruguay side who have proved both durable and deadly in navigating their way through to the last eight. Fellaini had a phenomenal outing against Brazilian star Neymar, and Chadli also did his defensive duties, where Carrasco has struggled in the past.

Brazil came back again and finally replied when Augusto guided home a header from Coutinho's expertly-floated cross. You do everything you can to win and if they're better, they'll be better and that will be football, but we'll do everything we can to win.

This should be an exciting game to watch, as it'll pit Belgium's relentless offense against Brazil's impenetrable defense.

And despite Brazil's finish in the 2018 World Cup falling well-short of expectations, the manager admitted he still appreciated what was, according to many, the match of the tournament so far.

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