Belgium’s display was like poetry in motion as they rattled the Brazilians to a 2-1 victory to lead them into their second ever World Cup semi-finals appearance. Belgium capitalised on super counter attacking football and set piece dominance to foil the Brazilian threat.
The first half was a display of attacking football genius by Belgium as they blitzed the Brazilians 2-0. Belgium used the counterattack to great effect and it was clear from the onset that it was part of their strategy to defeat Brazil. Belgium’s physical dominance came to play in the 13th minute when they forced Fernandinho to concede and own goal. Belgium doubled their lead again in the 31st minute with a well arrowed shot from Kevin Debruyne from outside the box. Brazil had every right to be disappointed with their first half display despite creating the bulk of opportunities but not converting anyone of them.
In the second half Brazil upped the ante and finally had their break in the 76th minute with a great header from Renato Augusto to give Brazil renewed hope, but it was not enough as they did not have enough to break down the resolute Belgian defence.
Roberto Martinez was spot on with his tactics so far by playing Marouane Fellaini and Axel Witsel in the hole to protect the centre backs. The counter attacking was also very effective with De Bruyne playing more advanced and he was perhaps the best player on the pitch. Belgium will face another tricky test against France in a tasty semi-final clash.