Top scorers meet best defence in Brazil v Belgium clash

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

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

The Paris Saint-Germain star left Russian Federation having scored two goals in five games as Brazil failed to play their best football, despite topping Group E without losing a match and then beating Mexico 2-0 in the round of 16.

Indeed some of the most enduring images from Russian Federation include the 26-year-old, writhing on the ground, exaggerating whatever contact had been made on him. "This was very hard for us to swallow", said Tite.

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Fifa World Cup has always been dominated by the traditional powerhouses of football. "Kylian told me that he watched my videos when he was younger". I am not too old. Now I watch footage of him.

Chadli is looking forward to the France showdown and revealed that the win over Brazil means that Roberto Martinez's men fear nobody else at this World Cup.

Having started the World Cup behind Ronaldo, Messi's hopes of winning a record 6th Ballon d'Or effectively ended with his and Argentina's massively underwhelming tournament. Not only has Belgium not won any of its games against South American teams in the knockout stages, it hasn't even managed to score a goal.

By the time Qatar 2022 arrives it will have been 20 years since a non-European nation won the World Cup but Tabarez maintains the persistent achievements of sides such as his own should be applauded.

Compelling, that is, until one considers the counter-examples of France and England.

"He had three moments in the box where he wanted a penalty twice, where he dived and then the third one he was pushed, I think was a penalty but they're never going to give it to him".

"Our ambition goes further than reaching the semifinals!"

France return to the semi-finals against Belgium tomorrow and, while the likes of Kylian Mbappe, Antoine Griezmann and Paul Pogba stand as the potential superstar heirs to Zidane, Henry and Djorkaeff, the most striking parallel is to another undroppable striker who can not now score.

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