Belgium beat 5 time champions Brazil to reach Russia 2018 semifinals

Belgium beat 5 time champions Brazil to reach Russia 2018 semifinals

- Brazil have crashed out of this year's World Cup in Russia after losing 2-1 to Belgium at Kazan Arena

- Fernandinho scored in his own net to gift the Red Devils the lead and then Kevin De Bruyne's powerful shot doubled the lead for them in the first half

- Augusto's second half goal only proved as a consolation as Belgium book a date with France in the semifinals

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.

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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.

Belgium beat 5 time champions Brazil to reach Russia 2018 semifinals

Brazil have been beaten at the quarter final stage in 3 of the last 4 World Cups. Photo credit: Getty Images

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.

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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.

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Meanwhile, Belgium will now battle France - who displaced Uruguay 2-0 in the first game earlier today in the semifinal of the championship.

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