Kevin De Bruyne hails Belgium's defence for sparking win over Brazil

World Cup QF: Both Brazil, Belgium battling bad vibes

Kevin De Bruyne, meanwhile, acknowledged that keeping up with Brazil at times in the second half was a struggle, but he saluted the Red Devils' character.

For Belgium, defender Jan Vertonghen and De Bruyne are carrying yellow cards as well. Brazil had it really hard with our counter-attacks.

Their joke seems to have come back to bite them now.

Fernandinho turned a corner into his own net to put Belgium in front, with a superb counter-attack extending their advantage.

As Belgium lost cohesiveness in the second half and Brazil's changes stirred the team, substitute Renato Augusto reduced the deficit with a header in the 76th.

But as Belgian legs exhausted, Brazil spurned several great chances to push the match into extra-time, Augusto drilling inches wide and Coutinho skewing his effort off target from Neymar's pass.

Belgium can be backed at 7/5 to reach the last four and that looks the call in what could be one of the best matches of this summer's World Cup.

Brazil's starting XI to face Belgium: Alisson; Fágner, Silva, Miranda, Marcelo; Paulinho, Fernandinho, Coutinho; Willian, Gabriel Jesus, Neymar.

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While England's clash with Sweden tomorrow afternoon is dominating the media landscape, ahead of Saturday night's showdown between hosts Russian Federation and Croatia, today's two matches promise quality in abundance.

Ther bad news for Brazil is that they have been knocked out of the World Cup by European sides in the last three editions.

Four years ago at home they were humiliated with a 7-1 defeat in the semi-final to Germany.

Belgium coach Roberto Martinez said Brazil refused to accept that the five-time World Cup champions had more talent. Brazil was offensively stronger, but in the end we all did it.

It is no surprise that Belgium coach Roberto Martinez has said in the lead up to Brazil that his side "will need power". The BBC reports that Brazil full-back Danilo will miss the rest of the World Cup.

That set up the game nicely for a manic finish in which a clearly rattled Belgium failed to regain their attacking momentum.

Brazil's defense is among the stingiest at the 2018 World Cup, and Belgium is the top-scoring team so far. But it was breached after 13 minutes in Tatarstan. Belgium entered the tournament with one of the few squads that could come close to matching Brazil's quality man-for-man, and Tite's team hadn't really been tested - other than in a group stage draw with Switzerland - through its first four games Russian Federation.

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