It’s a European revolution at this World Cup

Lynette Rowe
July 10, 2018

Midfielder Fernandinho, whose own-goal in the 13th minute gave Belgium a 1-0 lead at Kazan Arena was being criticized by fans in Brazil, including some racist attacks on his social media accounts.

Belgium's enthralling 2-1 win over tournament favourites Brazil meant that the remaining six teams left standing in the tournament were all European.

Neymar's second World Cup campaign didn't end well at all and he's caused a stir by going into hiding as soon as Tite's side returned to Brazil following their quarter final defeat to Belgium.

Belgium meet France in the semis in St Petersburg on Tuesday with the Red Devils tantalisingly close now to fulfilling their potential after previously under-achieving with a talent-laden squad. Germany meanwhile, has handed a 2-0 defeat at the stadium on the final matchday of group play, which ended its title defense in the first round.

Brazil, Italy, Germany, Argentina, Uruguay, France, England and Spain have been the countries who have won the World Cup so far. "It's a good thing for him and the club".

"We know them well".

It's a move Neymar has pulled numerous times throughout the World Cup, whether for sympathy, to draw a penalty kick, or some combination of both.

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France have always been a footballing stronghold but as we have seen in this World Cup, reputation precedes determination.

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Belgium are just the ninth team in World Cup history to win* five successive matches in a single World Cup tournament, though the feat has been achieved 11 times.

"I played only a year with him but I have affection for him", he said.

A typically sumptuous strike proved decisive from the Manchester City star, who was the best player in Pep Guardiola's record-breaking side last season. "I did my job and made sure the team was calm in hard situations".

"I don't care where I play", said Kevin de Bruyne, Belgium's totem. "I can understand that it causes problems, some people think he dives too much..."

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