Brazil 1-2 Belgium: An own goal from Fernandinho and a sensational strike from Kevin De Bruyne were enough to send the Red Devils to their second-ever World Cup semi-final.
Five-time champion Brazil was sent tumbling out of the World Cup on Friday night, falling 2-1 to Belgium in the quarterfinals.
An own-goal from Brazil midfielder Fernandinho put his team on the back foot after just 13 minutes, losing concentration on a Belgium corner and allowing the back to spin off his arm and into goalkeeper Alisson’s net.
Kevin De Bruyne added a second for the European side after 31 minutes with a thunderous strike from outside the penalty area to put Belgium firmly in control.
But Brazil refused to go down without a fight in Kazan. The second half saw relentless pressure from the men in yellow, led by Neymar, throwing forward wave after wave of attacking intent.
It finally got a breakthrough on 76 minutes left as Renato Augusto sent a perfectly timed header into the bottom corner and a furious assault on the Belgium goal followed over the closing minutes.
Augusto and Philippe Coutinho both has clear opportunities to equalize but lost their nerve when it mattered and Belgium held on, to reach its first semifinal since 1986. It will face France in Saint Petersburg on Tuesday, with a place in the final at stake.
Brazil has now come up empty in each of its past four World Cup campaigns, reaching just one semifinal in that time.