Review Brazil – Belgium

first_imgBrazil is out! Tite’s men thoroughly outplayed Belgium, but a Fernandinho own goal and a Kevin De Bruyne accurate strike in the first half were enough for the Belgians to progress.Ready for another big game?Yeah, so are we.Here are the teams for #BELBRA! #WorldCup pic.twitter.com/09MMe3507S— FIFA World Cup (@FIFAWorldCup) July 6, 2018Opinion: De Bruyne is the best crosser since Beckham Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 13, 2019 We never thought we would see anything remotely like it, but now we can say that De Bruyne is the best crosser since Beckham.Nobody…In the 8th minute in Kazan, a Brazil corner kick came to Thiago Silva, who hit the ball with his knee into the post. Two minutes later, Paulinho also had a free shot inside the box following a corner kick and he also mishit the ball. In the 13th minute, the Brazilians lost track of Fellaini. He had a chance to pass the ball to Hazard, but instead took a shot that deflected off Miranda into a corner kick. On that corner kick, both Gabriel Jesus and Fernandinho failed to head the ball away. Not only that, but Fernandinho also redirected the ball into his own net, giving Belgium a 1-0 lead.Marcelo had a shot attempt in the 26th minute that was routinely saved by Courtois. The goal allowed Belgium to play its favorite counter-attacking game. In the 31st minute, Romelu Lukaku and Kevin De Bruyne combined to give Belgium its second goal of the match. Lukaku took the ball in his own half and passed through three Brazilian players like a freight train. Paulinho’s sliding tackle took the ball away from Lukaku and gave it to De Bruyne, who set himself up like he usually does and accurately struck the ball in the opposite corner. One shot, two goals. That’s what you call efficiency. Gabriel Jesus had a free header in the 36th minute, but didn’t take advantage.A minute later, Courtois made a save on Coutinho’s long-range effort. In the 41st minute, Alisson saved De Bruyne’s direct free kick. On the ensuing corner kick, he caught Kompany’s backheel attempt as well. The Brazilians were attacking pretty fluently. The problem was that Gabriel Jesus alone couldn’t battle three central defenders, so their attacks were getting stuck in the final third. The first half showed once again that in modern football, defense beats offense.Tite realized Gabriel Jesus couldn’t do everything himself up front, so he made a half-time change, replacing Willian with Roberto Firmino. In the 51st minute, Firmino nearly got a touch on Marcelo’s cross. If he did, Brazil would’ve reduced the lead. Seconds later, Neymar should’ve been booked for diving when he fell down in the box, acting like he was fouled by Fellaini. Soon, there was another controversial moment when Vincent Kompany took out Gabriel Jesus in the box. He tried to collect his feet, but he did catch the Brazilian forward. Milorad Mazic and the video assistants consulted each other and determined it wasn’t a penalty, likely because the ball was getting away from Jesus anyway. It was Jesus’ last involvement in the match, as he was substituted by Douglas Costa.In the 62nd minute, a Belgium counter attack ended in Eden Hazard’s feet and he took a shot which went slightly past the far post. Ten minutes later, Renato Augusto came in for Paulinho. That same Renato Augusto was found magnificently by Coutinho with a soft pass in the 76th minute and Augusto scored a header to give La Seleccao 15 minutes of hope. Firmino made a great move by shielding himself from Kompany inside five meters of Belgium’s goal and took an unexpected shot which didn’t miss the net by much. In the 80th minute, Augusto was left unmarked again and he almost scored again. His shot from outside the box went just wide.Roberto Martinez had to react and he did. Thomas Vermaelen entered the pitch instead of Nacer Chadli. In the 84th minute, a quick counter attack led to Neymar making a dribble and finding Coutinho, who missed on a first-time attempt. Another dangerous moment for the Brazilians. The next change was Tielemans for Lukaku. In the 94th minute, Courtois made a glorious save on Neymar’s curling effort. It was Brazil’s last chance. They outplayed Belgium in every asset of today’s game other than goals and they’re out. Belgium will face France in the semi-final.last_img

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