The Red Devils have Friday in Kazan, placed for the semi-finals of the world cup in Russia, thanks to a 1-2 victory (rest: 0-2) in the Kazan Arena against toernooifavoriet Brazil.
The Belgians – who, after the tactical management of Roberto Martinez in a surprising 4-3-3 on the field had come – layers under in the early stages, but came with a blessing at the lead thanks to an owngoal of Fernandinho (13.) on a corner kick. However, were the Devils in the early stages through the eye of the needle crept up, then a surprised Thiago Silva after a corner kick against the post decided. The Belgians had trouble with uitverdedigen, but knokten in the contest and had the luck on their side.
Eden Hazard and Kevin De Bruyne are doing what they want with a ball and showed that the Belgians are also in the field of individual class do not need to do for the Brazilian magicians. On the half hour seemed to be the miracle to take place when De Bruyne with a delicious bang on the counter attack 0-2. The rapid conversion, it is the trademark of the Belgians at this world cup finals.
After perhaps the most mature of 45 minutes in the history of Belgian football should the Devils go to rest at an advantage, but that 0-2 is no guarantee of success, we showed against Japan. It was also pumping against the Seleçao, but the best chance was for the Belgians. After another quick changeover, decided Hazard, however, in front of, it had the kiss of death for the Brazilians, who dominated and opportunities afdwongen, but never feel the gifts are really about the Belgians. On a counter attack from the South Americans had Thomas Meunier, a professional offence on Neymar, the defender of Paris Saint-Germain is suspended for the semifinal against the French and will be more than missed.
With Renato Augusto had the Brazilian coach his last trump played, and that the contribution paid off almost immediately. The attacking midfielder headed home the aansluitingstreffer past Courtois and suddenly it was yet again the ghosts in the Kazan Arena. Martinez responded with Thomas Vermaelen an extra defender.
The Brazilians had not, however, more alongside, though it was shivering to the slotseconde of the added time, when Thibaut Courtois, the Belgians with a wereldsave had difficulty.
With a referentiewedstrijd like mad in his pocket should the Red Devils for the second time in history, to the semi-finals of the world cup. Now all they do just as well than the generation of 1986, in Mexico at the fourth place finisher.
In the semi-final next week, Tuesday in St.-Petersburg waits for France.
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