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Following Brazil's 1-2 defeat to Belgium in Kazan, numerous Brazilian players spoke to the media about going out of the World Cup at the quarter final stage. Brazil's second-half fightback came after sustained cheering and chanting by their sizeable fan contingent at Kazan Arena.

They paid an immediate price when Fernandinho nodded Eden Hazard's corner into his own net unpressured after 13 minutes.

Kevin De Bruyne of Belgium celebrates after the Fifa World Cup 2018 quarter final soccer match between Brazil and Belgium in Kazan on Friday.

That proved to be Brazil's last chance, and Belgium will march on to their first World Cup semi-final since 1986, where they will face France.

"We've already had our first knockout win in 12 years, our first win in a penalty shootout in a World Cup for England, the highest number of goals scored in an individual game", Southgate said.

"Sometimes you have to accept that Brazil has got this finesse, that quality, and that they're going to break you down, and [Belgium] just refused to accept that". Not for one minute were [Belgium] going to give up.

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It was the fourth successive World Cup that Brazil's involvement was ended by a European side, four years after a humiliating 7-1 defeat to Germany in the semi-finals. Against Brazil, again it was Lukaku's link-up play that proved decisive as he powered past Fernandinho and Paulinho on a rapid counter-attack before feeding De Bruyne to smash home from the edge of the area.

Now in their prime, this group of players is unlikely to get a better opportunity to win a major global tournament than over the course of the next week, with France to come in the last four on Tuesday.

Brazil dominated possession and carved out chance after chance but, despite the best efforts of Neymar, were unable to find the net until substitute Renato Augusto headed home Philippe Coutinho's cross 14 minutes from time.

Belgium coach Roberto Martinez changed his system from 3-4-2-1 to 4-3-3, with De Bruyne operating as a false nine and Lukaku on the right-wing, bringing in goalscoring the heroes from their last 16 comeback against Japan, Marouane Fellaini and Nacer Chadli.

"But I think the feeling I hate the most is Fernandinho, he basically lost the game for us".

Coutinho's first-time shot flew wide and yet another Neymar penalty appeal was rejected, before the world's most expensive player drew a phenomenal fingertip save from Courtois in the 94th minute. If they hid from San Antonio, one of the most respected organizations in sports, it could raise concerns for other teams about what could happen to them.

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