Belgium basks in glory over Brazil win

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Belgium manager Roberto Martinez: “Brazil has so much finesse and you know that they can cut you open.

But I didn’t think for one second that the players would give up.

“They’ve done something special and I hope everyone in Belgium is very, very proud.

It has created a nice memory and we should treasure it.

But now we need more energy for our next game to try to make sure we’re just as good in the semi-finals.

“I’m the proudest man on earth because I gave the players a very tough tactical assignment and the way they believed until the last second was incredible.”

Brazil boss Tite: “I thought it was a great match and we had a lot of it, with plenty of possession and a lot of opportunities.

But Belgium was more effective in converting their opportunities.

“They have a lot of top players and finished well. Thibaut Courtois also made a real difference. For all the pain I feel right now, if you like football, you have to watch this game. It’s going to give you pleasure.

“I won’t talk about my future right now.

After two weeks, the dust will settle and we’ll have a cool head to be able to discuss it better.”

  • Brazil has now been eliminated by European sides in each of the last four editions of the World Cup (France 2006, Netherlands 2010, Germany 2014 and Belgium 2018).
  • Belgium has reached the World Cup semi-finals for only the second time, losing out to eventual winners Argentina in 1986.
  • This was the first time in 30 matches in all competitions that Brazil had conceded more than once in a game.
  • Belgium’s victory was only their second ever against Brazil, and first since a 1963 friendly match in Brussels.
  • Fernandinho became only the second player to score a World Cup own goal with Brazil, after Marcelo v Croatia in 2014.
  • Belgium have had nine different goals corers at the 2018 World Cup (excluding own goals). Only Italy in 2006 and France in 1982 (10 each) have ever had more in a single tournament.
  • Renato Augusto scored just three minutes and 14 seconds after coming on as a sub. It was his first goal in 14 games for Brazil, since netting against Peru in November 2016.
  • Kevin De Bruyne became the 100th different player to score at the 2018 World Cup (excluding own goals).
  • Romelu Lukaku has been directly involved in 20 goals in his last 13 appearances for Belgium, scoring 17 and assisting three.

 

 


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