Brazil took on Belgium in the second Quarterfinals match of the World Cup at the Kazan Arena.
The Tatarstan-based stadium hosted both giants to it’s maximum capacities as they looked to do their countries proud by qualifying to the next round.
Inter centre half Miranda took the armband for the Selecao as Thiago Silva supported him in the backline.
Between the two sides so far in the tournament, Belgium looked stronger with their stable score lines minus the Japan game.
Brazil on the other hand have had stable wins as well, but haven’t looked that confident going forward on the ball.
Many expected a Brazil team led by Neymar Jr to be high-scoring, but this hasn’t been the case.
Belgium on the other hand have displayed their dominance up front and in the midfield.
Kevin De Bruyne, Eden Hazard and Romelu Lukaku have been the heartbeat of Roberto Martinez’s team.
Philippe Coutinho has looked like the only player to stand out for the Brazilian squad.
The game kicked off on Friday night with the Selecao conceding early from an unfortunate own goal.
Belgium get a corner within the first 15 minutes of the game.
From the delivery, the ball connected with Manchester City midfielder Fernandinho in his box.
Belgium got their first goal from a ball deflected into the net.
Soon after, the Red Devils looked to bury the game past the half hour mark as De Bruyne finally scored from far out.
It was evident that the Brazilians weren’t going to recover from this despite such a close scoreline as they simply could not break down the Belgian defence.
Coutinho’s role in the second half paid off as the Selecao got one back in the 76th minute.
The Barcelona midfielder swayed a ball in for substitute Renato Augusto to score but it simply wasn’t enough.
Belgium have gone through to the Semis to face France in what looks like another star-studded match.
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