Belgium defeats Brazil to reach World Cup 2018 semi-finals

Belgium’s semi-finals tie against France will be held on Tuesday in St. Petersburg.

World Cup - Quarter Final - Brazil vs Belgium
Belgium's Youri Tielemans celebrates with teammates after the Brazil vs Belgium match in Kazan Arena, Kazan, Russia on July 6, 2018 [REUTERS/Gleb Garanich Reuters]

Renato Augusto’s headed goal was not enough for Brazil to avoid a 2-1 defeat to Belgium in a World Cup quarter-final to set up a last-four tie with France.

Fernandinho‘s own goal and a low corner finish by Kevin De Bruyne had put Belgium 2-0 ahead in the first half.

In front of a massive following of passionate and loud Brazilian fans in Kazan, the game on Friday began in ideal fashion for Roberto Martinez’s side, who overcame Japan earlier this week in a hard-fought Top 16 match.

Brazil started brighly before a corner kick took a deflection off Fernandinho to give Belgium the lead in the 13th minute.

Belgium’s front line of Romelu Lukaku, De Bruyne and Eden Harzard posed a constant threat to the Brazilian backline.

Lukaku combined beautifully with De Bruyne in the 31st minute to increase their tally.

Belgium wasted several chances to add a third.

Neymar is embraced by Renato Augusto at the end of the match [Toru Hanai/Reuters]
Neymar is embraced by Renato Augusto at the end of the match [Toru Hanai/Reuters]

A 55th-minute strong penalty appeal by Brazil was waved off by Serbian referee Milorad Mazic.

Augusto gave Brazil a lifeline in the 75th minute with a headed goal barely three minutes after coming on.

Thibaut Courtois made a string of saves to help send Belgium through.

Philippe Coutinho missed a great chance to draw his team level in the 83rd minute after being set up by Neymar.

Belgium’s semi-finals tie against France, who beat Uruguay earlier on Friday, will be on Tuesday in St Petersburg. 

Belgium are hoping to win their first FIFA World Cup after 12 appearances.

Source: Al Jazeera