Brazil v Belgium (LIVE UPDATES): Hazard leads battle against Neymar’s team

Renato Augustus with a goal for Brazil (Photo Credit: Reuters)
Renato Augustus with a goal for Brazil (Photo Credit: Reuters)

Brazil and Belgium are top among the teams tipped to win the 2018 World Cup, but one of the two teams will exit the Mundial tonight.

Indeed, an explosive and equally tactical clash is anticipated in tonight’s quarter-final tie where Eden Hazard will be leading the line for Belgium against Neymar and the Samba Boys.

Brazil have tasted defeat just once in the last two years, while the Red Devils are on a 23-match unbeaten run – the longest of any remaining side in the competition.

With a winner bound to emerge in tonight’s clash at the Kazan Arena, one team’s fine run will definitely be halted.

This is just the second-ever meeting between the two sides on the world stage.

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Kickoff is 7.pm

BRAZIL TEAM NEWS!

STARTING XI: Allison; Fagner, Thiago Silva, Miranda, Marcelo; Fernandinho, Paulinho, Coutinho; Willian, Neymar, Gabriel Jesus

BELGIUM TEAM NEWS

STARTING XI: Courtois; Alderweireld, Kompany, Vertonghen; Meunier, Witsel, Fellaini, Chadli; De Bruyne, Hazard, Lukaku


Kick off at the Kazan stadium..

The second quarter final game of Russia 2018 underway..


Free kick as Marouane Fellaini from Belgium trips Philippe Coutinho


Chance! So nearly a goal by Thiago Silva but his effort hits the post!


GOAL! BELGIUM IN FRONT


An unfortunate own goal by Fernerdinho


Brazil almost with an instant response to the goal conceded but Belgium clear the ball


Thibault Courtois makes a save from an effort from Coutinho


Vital block by Marcelo as Belgium make a run into the Brazil box


Fernandinho is only the second Brazilian to score an own goal in a World Cup match, after Marcelo in 2014


Lukaku takes on his first marker but dispossessed swiftly by Brazil


This is the first time that Brazil will be behind in a game in over 300 days… will they find a way back in this game?


SHOT!! Marcelo hits it hard but Thibault Courtois makes a save


Not looking nice for Neymar presently as he is being attended to by medics on the sidelines


The world’s most expensive player has walked back into the pitch


Brazil win a free kick on the right flank


Fernandinho and Neymar with shots but efforts blocked by the Belgium defenders..


GOAL!!! Belgium double their lead


Dashing run by Lukaku finished off by Kevin de Bryune


This De Bryune’s 15th goal for Belgium


Gabriel Jesus fails to get his header on target and Brazil remain two goals behind Belgium


Marcelo shot deflected and Thibault Courtois makes a save and another off a shot from Coutinho


Belgium bossing Brazil at the moment… since 1938, the Samba Boys have never come from two goals down to win a World Cup game… Any chance for them tonight?


Free kick by Belgium tipped over by the Brazil goalkeeper


Good flick by Kompany but the Brazil keeper saves the ball


Neymar goes down but referee waves play on


One minute added time


Half Time: Brazil 0-2 Belgium

We are back for the second half…Action resumes


Firminho comes in for Willian why Belgium remain unchanged


YELLOW CARD: Toby Alderweireld


Kompany does good to dispossess Neymar of the ball and Lukaku suffers same feat at the other end


Fernadinho plays the ball out and Belgium get a throw in


Great ball in by Marcelo but Firminho fail to connect well with the ball


Neymar goes down in the box but no penalty for Brazil


Gabriel Jesus goes down off a tackle from Kompany.. Referee double checks on VAR


Play on .. no penalty for Brazil


Brazil SUB: Douglas Costa in for Gabriel Jesus


Brazil have more ball possession at 57% compared to Belgium’s 43%


An hour has gone and the time ticking away for Brazil


CHANCE! Hazard ‘s effort glances past the Brazil goal


Another good save by Thibault Courtois


The Belgian duo of Fellaini and Chadli are of Moroccan descent… so the Red Devils have some Africans behind tonight


The players get a water break in this explosive encounter


Action resumes and Brazil pressing forward


Douglas Costa strikes a shot but blocked by Kompany


Belgium’s Meunier get a yellow card after bringing down Neymar


Costa with another shot but well caught by Thibault Courtois


Brazil coach takes off Paulinho and brings in Renato Augusto


Costa with a shot and Thibault Courtois with another point-blank save


GOAL….. Renato Augusto gives Brazil a lifeline with his clever header


This is Renato Augusto’s sixth goal for Brazil and quite a crucial one


CHANCE! Neymar gets a pass across to Firminho who turns and shoot but ball goes over the bar


Poor pass by Hazard after an initially good run gives Brazil back the ball possession


CHANCE… Renato Augusto with a lot of space place the ball off target


A pep talk from both benches as the players get another break


Belgium Sub: Vermaelen in for Chadli


MISS! Neymar does well to lay a pass to Coutinho inside the Belgium box but the Barcelona fluffs the opportunity for an equaliser


Yellow card for Fernandinho as he brings down Eden Hazard


Belgium SUB: Thielemans comes in for Lukaku


Thierry Henry is an assistant coach with the Belgium team… he is looking set to face his country, France in the semi-final


Hazard wins a free kick for Belgium while Fagner gets a yellow card for the tackle


Five minutes added time


Brazil making a claim for a penalty kick but referee says no


Hazard winning the free kicks, winding down the time and keeping Brazil off the ball


GREAT SAVE!! Thibaut Courtois denies Neymar again


Full time Brazil 1-2 Belgium


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