Brazil’s dream of winning the World Cup has been dashed. The No. 2 squad in the FIFA rankings was eliminated in the quarterfinals this afternoon.
Belgium, the third-ranked team in the world entering the World Cup, used a pair of first-half goals to establish a lead they would not relinquish. They survived a second-half charge from Brazil and won 2-1.
With the win, Belgium is in its first World Cup semifinal since 1986. They will take on France for a spot in the championship game. France topped Uruguay 2-0 earlier today.
After an own goal by Fernandinho put Belgium in front 1-0 in the 13th, the Belgians scored once again off a beautiful counterattack in the 31st minute.
Kevin DeBruyne knocked in the goal.
The counter attack was brilliant, but let's take another look at that STUNNER by Kevin De Bruyne 😍😍 pic.twitter.com/ZUbd611bXe
— FOX Soccer (@FOXSoccer) July 6, 2018
Brazil got a goal back in the second half courtesy of sub Renato Augusto, and had a few chances to tie late in the action. However, the Belgians held on.
The winner of France-Belgium will play either Russia, Croatia, England or Sweden in the final. The other two quarterfinals will take place tomorrow.
Sweden plays England at 10 a.m. ET while Croatia takes on host Russia at 2 p.m. ET.