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Breaking: Brazil vs Belgium ends 2- 1

Brazil vs Belgium : Belgium beat World Cup favourites Brazil 2-1 on Friday to set up a semi-final against France in Saint Petersburg.

A Fernandinho own goal in the 16th minute followed by a superb Kevin De Bruyne strike just after the half-hour put Belgium in the driving seat. Brazil pulled a goal back through Renato Augusto but it was too little, too late.

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Brazil’s forward Neymar (R) reacts during the Russia 2018 World Cup quarter-final football match between Brazil and Belgium at the Kazan Arena in Kazan on July 6, 2018. / AFP PHOTO /

Belgium led World Cup favourites Brazil 2-0 at half-time in their quarter-final on Friday as the tournament in Russia braced for a major shock.

Brazil looked sharp at the start of the Brazil vs Belgium match in Kazan but a Fernandinho own goal in the 16th minute followed by a superb Kevin De Bruyne strike just after the half-hour put Belgium in the driving seat.

The South American five-time champions came to Russia seeking to erase the pain of a 7-1 defeat against Germany in the semi-finals of the 2014 World Cup on home soil.

They had not conceded a goal in Russia since a 1-1 draw against Switzerland in their first group match.

But Belgium, ranked third in the world, looked devastating on the counter-attack, with De Bruyne, Romelu Lukaku and Eden Hazard marauding forward at every opportunity, leaving Brazil shellshocked at the break.

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