Belgium beats Brazil 2-1, will meet France in semi-finals

Roberto Martínez has led Belgium to the World Cup quarterfinals

Roberto Martínez has led Belgium to the World Cup quarterfinals

Neymar left fans the message on Saturday, a day after Brazil's 2-1 loss to Belgium in the World Cup quarterfinals in Kazan.

All that people seem to remember of Brazil's star Neymar at World Cup 2018, especially after his team was ousted by Belgium in the quarter-final, are his theatrics on the field.

"For us to finally be able to knock out a formidable opponent is because of the experience we've picked up at previous tournaments and also the development of our players at their clubs", Vermaelen said. Also, Brazil is still one of the most popular teams, everybody wants to attend a Brazil game.

"He's given the team the desire to attack, " French Football Federation president Noel Le Graet said of Henry.

Belgium, meanwhile, are the tournament's top scorers, banging in 12 goals in their four games so far.

Having started the World Cup behind Ronaldo, Messi's hopes of winning a record 6th Ballon d'Or effectively ended with his and Argentina's massively underwhelming tournament. We've built that and to get through the two games we've had this week needed all of that because we're not the finished article.

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Sweden, who reached the quarter-finals courtesy of Emil Forsberg's deflected strike against Switzerland, are trying to reach their first semi-final since 1994 after a solid campaign in which they have kept three clean sheets in four matches. "With all due respect for the great footballer who is Neymar, but at this World Cup he has not shown that he is worth his price tag".

The Uruguay-France match saw plenty of tense moments even before kick off. Uruguay striker Luis Suarez had not taken Griezmann's Uruguayan affinity kindly and said in a pre-match interview that he "does not know what the Uruguayan feeling is".

"I think when you play Brazil you have to get a tactical advantage", said a beaming Martinez afterwards.

The forward was fouled ten times in Brazil's opening match against Switzerland, the most a player had been fouled in a World Cup match since Alan Shearer in 1998.

In one of the most-anticipated matches of the tournament so far, host nation Russian Federation crashed out of the world cup after losing to Croatia in the penalty shootout.

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