Martinez names star key to Belgium in Brazil showdown

Brazil, the overwhelming favorite to win the World Cup, has been knocked out, and now the tournament is wide open

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Friday's 2-1 victory over Brazil in the quarter-finals followed a rousing come-from-behind win over the Japanese, where Belgium found themselves two goals behind with 30 minutes to play but won 3-2 in the round of 16.

Brazilian striker Neymar said yesterday (July 7th) that he is living the saddest moment of his career, and the team left Russian Federation last night. Earlier in the year, Mohammed Salah looked the most likely candidate to end the duopoly after breaking the Premier League goal record and inspiring Liverpool to a Champions League final.

That leaves perhaps the most wide-open World Cup of modern times heading towards the final week, and England manager Southgate has called on his team to take advantage.

Henry, who scored 51 goals in 123 global appearances, played for France at four World Cups in all.

According to a UK Sun report, the PSG star disclosed that the Selecao squad members were looking to make amends during the 2018 World Cup after Brazil's disappointing loss to Germany four years ago in the semis. Meanwhile, Brazil has been eliminated for the fourth successive World Cup by a European opponent.

Hazard then predicts an England vs Belgium final with his country coming out on top over the Three Lions and claiming their first major global trophy. "He always tries to help us win games".

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

"I believe in it of course, especially as we find ourselves in the semi-finals having knocked out one of the top favorites".

"We are a team who are still improving" Southgate said.

Five-time champions Brazil had arrived in Russian Federation with high hopes of putting the humiliation of their 7-1 semi-final thrashing on home soil by Germany four years ago behind them, but were instead sent packing by a clinical Belgian outfit.

Belgium will now play a semifinal match against France.

Manchester City star De Bruyne is yet to score at the World Cup but played a key part in Belgium's last-gasp victor against Japan in the round of 16, the Red Devils coming from two goals down to win 3-2. "I would be very proud to show Thierry that he chose the wrong camp".

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