Belgium's high scorers take on Brazil's miserly defence

Top scorers meet best defence in Brazil v Belgium clash

Belgium's high scorers take on Brazil's miserly defence - Article

Brazil give themselves hope of rescuing their World Cup campaign as Renato Augusto pulls one back against Belgium in the second half.

Ferdinand was certainly admiring the former Everton man's performance, even claiming it was nearly unfair to play him due to how well he was doing.

But the midfielder did not play a single minute of his nation's campaign which ended on Friday evening following a 2-1 defeat to Belgium in the quarter-final.

Some fans even went as far as to say that Neymar's action on the pitch had ruined Brazil's solid reputation and lost them respect others branded him a "disgrace".

This World Cup also spelled the beginning of the end of the Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo era.

Neymar's antics have been one of the more polarising stories of the World Cup, with the Paris Saint Germain star having gained notoriety for his "flopping" during games. "Perhaps in one year or two, he will be at their level".

Belgium will go on to play France in the semi-final, with the victor going on to meet one of Sweden, England, Croatia or Russian Federation.

Fifa World Cup has always been dominated by the traditional powerhouses of football.

The 2018 FIFA World Cup kicked off on June 14 and will continue until July 15, with the matches being played in 11 cities across Russian Federation.

The criticism comes after Tite failed to replace Fred in the final 23-man squad as he had up until 24 hours prior to Brazil's first appearance in the tournament to make a change, a game which came ten days following the United man's injury.

With traditional powers gone, this World Cup could be a now-or-never chance for Belgium's players to live up to the "golden generation" tag they've embraced.

On the flanks, Willian and Philippe Coutinho can stretch defences, and fire in shots and crosses, while Neymar and Gabriel Jesus can also pull defences apart from more central positions. Italy, France, Germany and Portugal were the semi-finalists at the 2006 World Cup, the last time this had happened. With high drama in the knockout stage, too, this World Cup is going from great to greater.

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