Brazil fans frustrated by World Cup exit

Kawhi Leonard

Kevin De Bruyne put Belgium up 2-0 by completing a counterattack led by Romelu Lukaku in the 31st minute.

Brazil dominated in the second half and pulled one back through substitute Renato Augusto, but Belgium held on to earn a famous victory in Kazan, despite the five-time winners creating various chances against an exhausted defence.

With their dream of a sixth World Cup triumph rapidly slipping away, Brazil needed to achieve a remarkable turnaround.

Hazard on the ball. If they hid from San Antonio, one of the most respected organizations in sports, it could raise concerns for other teams about what could happen to them.

Belgium's influential No.10 got plenty of people talking.

As for Roberto Martinez's side, they just needed to produce more of the same in the second half.

"I'm so disappointed. It was not the football we were expecting from Brazil, there was a lack of football".

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"Today was about their mentality, and I'm the proudest man on earth because I gave the players a very tough tactical assignment, and the way they believed until the last second was incredible".

"This was the biggest test for us, " De Bruyne said.

"We're in the last four and we're happy, but you want to go to the final and play in the match the whole world will be watching and you want to do all you can to get there".

There are more permanent reminders of the tournament in the murals of Neymar and Messi painted near the team hotels to afford them the same honour that Cristiano Ronaldo received when he came to Kazan for last year's FIFA Confederations Cup.

Four years after the drama of Neymar's injury and a humiliating 7-1 semi-final defeat to Germany on home soil, Brazil were forced back to the drawing board as they followed neighbours Argentina, Uruguay and Colombia in exiting the tournament earlier than hoped.

Belgium took the lead in the 13thminute after a Belgium corner from Nacer Chadli was met at the near post by Vincent Kompany with a flick, then diverted into the back of the net by Fernandinho's shoulder. Maybe the familiarity with the opponents eliminated any sort of awe for the Belgian stars; several Brazilian players are their teammates at elite European clubs Barcelona, Chelsea, Manchester City, Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain.

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