Belgium advances to World Cup semifinals with 2-1 win over Brazil

Dean Simpson
July 7, 2018

It has fueled confidence inside the Belgium camp that it can deal with adversity and make the World Cup semifinals for the first time since 1986.

O'Neill, who has been working as a pundit for RTÉ and other broadcasters at the tournament in Russian Federation, believes England can go all the way to the decider but he can only see one victor...

Griezmann didn't celebrate what was his third goal of the tournament.

"Some of the results are purely fascinating", Sweden coach Janne Andersson said Monday, a day before his team plays Switzerland in the next-to-last game in the round of 16, "and it really shows that the greatest, biggest nations won't win all the time". He got his head to the ball and sent it into the far corner behind Muslera.

The deathblow for Uruguay came in the 61st minute, when an Antoine Griezmann free-kick appeared to fool keeper Fernando Muslera, who couldn't handle the shot - gifting France their second goal.


"For me and the other young players coming through, they're still inspirational - they set a bar that we have to go and try and reach".

"It isn't about living in the past - this for me is about making things right". He likes the traditional South American drink mate, he speaks Spanish like someone from the South American country and he's been pictured wearing the team's jersey. Godin is the godfather of Griezmann's daughter.

"They are probably the dirtiest team I've ever come up against, in respect of when we won the penalty, surrounding the referee, pushing the referee, the headbutt that you've all seen, scuffing the penalty spot".

Should England get past a resilient Swedish side, they will face the victor of the quarter-final between hosts Russian Federation and Croatia in the last four.

Diego Maradona has apologised to Federation Internationale de Football Association over his criticism of referee Mark Geiger following England's World Cup penalty shoot-out win over Colombia in the round of 16 on Tuesday.


The match at Nizhny Novgorod Stadium pitted France's speed against Uruguay's stubborn defence and its occasional attacking threats.

A hefty match with a battle between Luis Suarez versus Kylian Mbappe.

France overran Argentina in a last-16 match that appeared to signal the passing of a torch to a new generation of superstars, as 19-year-old Mbappe scored twice to outshine Lionel Messi and dump the 2014 finalists out of the competition.

Four minutes after Varane gave France the lead, Uruguay almost equalized.


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