By Izuchukwu Okosi
World Cup favourites Brazil on Friday night were defeated 2-1 by Belgium at the Kazan Arena in the second quarterfinals match of the day and will face France in Tuesday’s semifinals clash
An own goal by Fernandinho and a fantastic strike by Kevin De Bruyne were enough for the Red Devils although substitute Renato Augusto reduced the arrears for Brazil.
The match was dedicated to the anti discriminatory and racism fight by FIFA.
De Bruyne put away a second minute shot to show Belgium’s intent to take the game to the Brazilians.
Thiago Silva’s flicked effort hit the post from a corner while at the other end Nacer Chadli’s strike went off target.
Paulinho miskicked from a 10th minute corner when he should have first controlled the ball to cushion it before pulling the trigger.
Fernandinho conceded an own goal in the 13th minute, the eleventh of the tournament.
De Bruyne made it 2-0 in the 31st minute with a fierce shot after a breathtaking counter attack. It was his 15th international goal for Belgium.
Gabriel Jesus and Phillipe Coutinho saw their 35th and 37th minutes header and shot go off target, and saved by the impressive Thibaut Courtouis respectively.
Belgium’s counter attacking football was too much for Brazil to handle in the first half.
Early in the second half Gabriel Jesus was tripped slightly by Vincent Kompany and the VAR had to be consulted but there was no penalty.
Eden Hazard saw his 61st shot whizz out of touch and almost immediately a chance fall to the Brazilians but the alert Belgian defenders cleared their lines.
Renato Augusto scored for Brazil with fourteen minutes to go with a textbook header from a Coutinho cross.
Brazil conjured waves of attack but the closest was a 90th minute curling shot which Courtouis kept away with a fantastic save.
Brazil did not recover from the setback and it finished 2-1 for Belgium.