Brazil, who were initially touted to be one of the favourites to lift the World Cup Trophy in Russia, suffered a shock defeat at the hands of Belgium in the quarterfinal and were knocked out after losing 2-1. Belgium took the lead early on in the match with Fernandinho scoring an own goal, followed by a brilliant individual effort from Kevin De Bruyne, who found a way to get past Alisson Becker to double the lead.
Renato Augusto pulled one back in the 76th minute, but it was a too little, too late effort from the five-time champions. With goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois making splendid saves throughout the match, Brazil could not find an opening and were knocked out in the quarterfinals once again. They’ve now gone four editions without reaching the final.
With the five-time World Champions enjoying massive popularity in India among the football fans, the surprise result prompted many to vent out their emotions and frustration on the social media.
Brazil gone! Welcome to the semis brave Belgium!
— Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) 6 July 2018
— Rishi Bagree 🇮🇳 (@rishibagree) 7 July 2018
Brazil 🇧🇷 are going home!#BRA 1-2 #BEL
Its all over for the Samba boys.
Belgium will face France in the semis.#worldcup #Russia #worldcup2018 #BRABEL #worldcupfever #MeriDoosriCountry #Worldcupgot #RedDevils #belgium #Brasil pic.twitter.com/nOTFqImkgY
— Indian Sports Fan (@IndianSportFan) 6 July 2018
— Anup Nair (@anup_s_nair) 7 July 2018
— Madan kumaar (@MadanKumaar11) 7 July 2018
Lukaku, Hazard and KDB were excellent yesterday. Their ball control under pressure and their ability to move the ball forward with pace was just too much for Brazil. Imagine if they were playing together in club lever as well 😉😉. #BRABEL
— Athul (@athulpkrishnan) 7 July 2018
Belgium have booked a place in the semifinal and will face France on Tuesday, who defeated Uruguay 2-0 in the first quarterfinal on the day, to cement their place in the last-four.