Belgium ran out 2-1 winners against Brazil to end the Selecao's World Cup at the quarterfinal stage on Friday night, sending Neymar's side home from Russian Federation and putting Roberto Martinez's team into the semifinals.
Brazil is a World Cup powerhouse, qualifying every year the tournament has been held and winning it five times, so it's no surprise to see them in the quarter-finals this year.
Neymar now has two goals to his name for Brazil during the tournament and will look to add to his tally when they take on Belgium in the quarter-finals this evening.
Those expectations have since been tempered after Belgium sneaked into the last eight following a last-gasp 3-2 win over Japan. As the spurned chances stacked up, it was left to substitute Renato Augusto to head home a Coutinho cross to hand Brazil hope.
Fernandinho's World Cup woes continued, Hazard's corner coming off the midfielder's arm to glide past Alisson and into the net as he rose to block. When Belgian goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois tipped Neymar's last-gasp effort over the crossbar at the death, the last of the 26 shots sent toward his net, Brazil was going home.
"A lot of respect, you 'll only get respect for Brazil from Belgium for what Tite is achieving with his team".
"Brazil attacked, Belgium also did but in the end, it was the Belgians that won, and they deserved it", Abiodun told Goal . "Just treasure it and pass it down in the generations". It has fueled confidence inside the Belgium camp that it can deal with adversity and make the World Cup semifinals for the first time since 1986.
"You have to find solutions, you have to find reaction but what you have to find more than anything is the desire and togetherness of a group of players, that they are desperate to perform", Martinez said.
But Belgium, now unbeaten in 24 matches, sensationally doubled their lead by breaking from a Brazil corner in the 31st minute.
The Red Devils face Les Bleus, champions in 1998, on Tuesday in St Petersburg, bidding to reach the final for the first time.
Out of any side at this World Cup, Belgium have the most players returning from the 2014 tournament.