FIFA World Cup 2018: At any other World Cup, Brazil would’ve beaten Belgium with its emerged champions. Brazil was dominating the possession; Belgium was also probing their opponents on counter-attacks
The referee consulted with the VAR and decided against the penalty, but replays showed that there was contact from Kompany. Possibly, the reason behind not awarding the penalty was the fact that the ball was heading out.
Renato Augusto, who made the most use of the space given to him and headed the ball inside the net. Brazil in previous games had shown that perseverance is their hallmark. They were not going out of the World Cup without a fight. Costa on the right went for the glory on more than one occasion but they were only getting blocked. Augusto was guilty of squandering a golden chance when he hit the ball inches wide from the goal. Coutinho wasted another great opportunity from a position where he should have buried it while Courtois pulled off a save with his fingertips when Neymar went for the top-right corner of the goal. In the last 10 minutes. Brazil tried their best, to score the second goal but just not being able to do it.
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Courtois, though, was in no mood to give Brazil any chance of making a comeback. Marcelo’s fierce left-footer from the left-corner of the box got the best out of Courtois. The idea of playing De Bruyne in the false nine roles with Hazard and Lukaku using the width of the ground was showing promise, but not in any way looking threatening in terms of goals.
The match could’ve been a fitting finale considering the talent both the sides boast of. For Brazil, the defeat might not be as humiliating as the 2014 semi-final loss to Germany, but surely this one might be more painful. This time around, they had a better squad, just that it was not their day against Belgium. Belgium got their plans right and executed them to perfection. It’s also because they have the players who can play to a plan. Players who have proven their caliber in top leagues and won competitions.