Brazil says Danilo out of World Cup with ankle injury

Brazil says Danilo out of World Cup with ankle injury

Unlike the game against Japan, Martinez said, Belgium will be the underdog Friday in the quarter-final in Kazan, and as such, should play with a certain amount of freedom.

A superb first half display by Belgium ended Brazil's hopes of a record sixth World Cup crown as a Fernandinho own goal and a superb Kevin De Bruyne strike proved enough to win 2-1 and seal a semi-final spot.

Brazil pulled one back with just 17 minutes remaining through Renato Augusto but Belgium held on.

Roared on by the vast majority of the crowd at the Kazan Arena, the Brazilians poured forward to try and keep their campaign alive but Roberto Firmino, Augusto and Coutinho could not convert gilt-edged opportunities to level the scores.

It was Brazil who had the first serious chance after winning a corner but Thiago Silva miscued in front of goal and bundled his effort against the woodwork.

De Bruyne dealt Brazil another blow in the 31st minute as he capped off a fine run from Lukaku with a deft finish to double his side's lead.

Humiliated, 7-1, by Germany in the semifinals fours year ago on home soil, Brazil didn't even get that far this time.

The winners of today's two quarter-final ties will then meet in the last four in St Petersburg next Tuesday.

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"It was a very impressive game between two teams with fantastic technical qualities", he said.

Hazard continued to cause Brazil's defence all sorts of problems after the break, while Neymar, who has been heavily criticisied in Russian Federation, produced an underwhelming display.

This time around in Russian Federation they were beaten 2-1 by Belgium in the quarter-finals.

First up in Nizhny Novgorod, Benjamin Mendy and his richly-talented French colleagues, who have been tipped by many as potential World Cup champions, will lock horns with a Uruguay side who have proved both durable and deadly in navigating their way through to the last eight.

For the third time in a World Cup - after 1982 and 2006 - the semifinals will feature only European teams.

"They did it. they were incredible, incredible hearts out there", said Belgium's Spanish coach Roberto Martinez.

Since beating Germany 2-0 in the 2002 World Cup final, the five-time victor has been eliminated by European sides in the three subsequent competitions. Idon't think they will make the same errors and I expect a more cautious approach with the underdogs playing on the counter attack. Brazil to go through 3-1 and move closer to that sixth world title.

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