Belgium struck early and then held off a late Brazil fightback to send the five-times champions tumbling out of the World Cup at the quarter-final stage with a 2-1 victory in an end-to-end thriller on Friday.
A Fernandinho own goal and brilliant Kevin De Bruyne strike, after Thiago Silva had hit the post for Brazil, earned Belgium a date with neighbours France in St Petersburg on Tuesday, their second trip to the last four at a World Cup after 1986.
Brazil sailed past Mexico to reach the quarterfinals, while Belgium fended off Japan with a winning goal in added time, becoming the first team to win a World Cup knockout round match after trailing by at least two goals since 1970.
Brazil beat Mexico 2-0 in the last 16 of the World Cup and put on their best performance at the tournament so far.
At that point, Brazil looked as if they might capitulate as they did in their astonishing 7-1 semi-final defeat to Germany four years ago. Belgium entered the tournament with one of the few squads that could come close to matching Brazil's quality man-for-man, and Tite's team hadn't really been tested - other than in a group stage draw with Switzerland - through its first four games Russian Federation.
A Belgium team starring Chelsea's Eden Hazard, Kevin De Bruyne of Manchester City and Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku, were tipped by many pundits as outsiders to win their first-ever World Cup. Whilst in injury news, Danilio is now out for the World Cup with an ankle injury. Belgium look a thrilling proposition in attack and Lukaku knows the match in Kazan will provide them with an indication of just how far they have come. The Real Madrid defender though, is back to full fitness and should return to Tite's side on Friday.
Belgium are into the World Cup semi-final.
After a blip against Switzerland, Brazil have picked up 3 wins from their last three game and are a team on the ascendancy with Coutinho and Neymar leading the charge.
Romelu Lukaku is Belgium's top goalscorer in Russian Federation with four goals, while Neymar is Brazil's leading marksman with two strikes.
When you add in recent failures in other major competitions like Copa America, which Brazil hasn't won in over a decade, it doesn't matter that Brazil came into Friday's match unbeaten in its last 15 games, or that the giants dominated South American qualifying en route to Russian Federation.
"This was the biggest test for us, " De Bruyne said.
What channel is the Brazil vs. Belgium game on? "Still two games to go!"
"When you go into a tournament and you haven't got the know-how of winning a tournament you can not have an advantage over the opponent".
Firmino so almost drew Brazil level with a shot on the turn as he collected a Neymar pass but he fired just wide, in what was his side's 21st shot of the tie, while Augusto thought he had scored a second on 80 minutes but his shot was agonizingly wide of the left upright. "I'm proud of my team mates - they were lions", said skipper Godin.
"We had to defend well for 90 minutes".