FULL TIME: Brazil 1-2 Belgium The favourites are out! They’ve been sent packing by Belgium, who have reached their second World Cup semi-final. They’ll play France on Tuesday. What a match that was!
All the Belgian players fall into each other’s arms. A mixture of excitement, relief and plain old exhaustion. Meanwhile, there’s a haunted look on the faces of Neymar and Coutinho. I suppose this qualifies as a shock, sort of, given the respective histories and size of these two footballing nations.
But a reminder that while Brazil is ranked as the second-best team in the world right now, Belgium is number three. They were magnificent in attack during the first half … and in that second period, finally demonstrated that they can defend when the going gets tough, too. They’ve proved they could be worthy winners of the World Cup. Can France, England, Sweden, Croatia or Russia stop them?
BRAZIL ARE OUT OF THE WORLD CUP! This is the first time neither Brazil, Germany nor Argentina have not reached the semifinals of the World Cup. This is the first time that neither Brazil, Germany nor Argentina have reached the semifinals of the World Cup. What a World Cup this has been.