FIFA World Cup: Belgium knock Brazil out


Five-time world champions Brazil became the latest big name to bow out of the FIFA World Cup in Russia after losing 1-2 to Belgium in the second quarter-final at Kazan. Belgium, one of the countries now being considered as title contenders, made their second last-four finish at the FIFA World Cup: the first time they reached the semi-finals was in 1986.

Belgium took the lead in the 13th minute after Vincent Kompanyโ€™s header brushed past the shoulder of Fernandinho to enter into the Brazilian net while Manchester City playmaker Kevin De Bruyne doubled their lead with a superb shot in the 31st minute.

Brazil kept piling on the pressure in the second half and after persistent attacks Reneto Augusto reduced the margin in the 76th minute. But the five-time champions failed to find an equaliser with Belgium goalkeeper Courtois making a number of great saves to take his team to the semi-finals.

Belgium will face France, who defeated Uruguay 2-0 in the first quarter-final, at Saint Petersburg on July 10.

On the other hand, Sweden will clash with England while hosts Russia will face Croatia in the third and fourth quarterfinals to be played later today.