Receiving many criticism due to their past failures, Belgium’s golden generation have a shot at writing their perfect history after they successfully making their way into World Cup 2018 semifinal stage by eliminating Brazil.
Arriving into the game being slightly underdog, Red Devils set themselves up for a counter attacking football, hoping to catch Selecao’s defense asleep.
That tactic’s success rate seemingly increased once Roberto Martinez’s men got themselves in front through an own goal from Fernandinho, who accidentally put the ball in his own after after trying to head away Belgium’s corner.
Trailing by a goal forcing Tite’s men to push further up, leaving some more space at the back which Red Devils were able to take advantage, notably when they doubled their advantage on 31 minutes from Kevin de Bruyne’s sensational shot from just outside the area.
Both sides didn’t change much of their approach in the second half, though Belgium were starting to waste several counter attacking plays they got, keeping their opponent’s in the game.
Brazil’s waves of attacks finally resulted in a goal when substitute, Renato Augusto finished off a lovely assist from Philippe Coutinho, to make it 2-1.
That goal sparked Selecao’s confidence as they started to look dangerous again going forward, forcing Belgium to defend deeper and at times relying on excellent saves from Thibaut Courtois.
Despite their relentless efforts, Brazil failed to get that equalizing goal as Martinez’s side holding their slender lead until the final whistle was blown.
The Red Devils are set to face another stern test in the semi final as France awaits Eden Hazard and co for another potentially cracking game.