Belgium burst Brazil bubbles into World Cup semis

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Martinez's side will now take on France as they bid for Belgium's first World Cup final, having emulated Guy Thys's side who reached the last four at the 1986 tournament in Mexico.

It's the latest surprise in a tournament full of upsets, which has included Spain's shocking loss to Russian Federation in the knockout rounds and, even more surprisingly, Germany crashing out of the group stage.

A tactical change proved decisive as Kevin De Bruyne hit the victor that sent five-time champions Brazil sensationally crashing out on Wednesday and kept underdogs Belgium's World Cup hopes alive.

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Several internet users referred to the Premier League star as a 'monkey, ' while some even threatened to kill him after Brazil's 2-1 defeat to Belgium.

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Daniel De Freitas Ariano, also from Sao Paulo, was not happy with Brazil midfielder Fernandinho, who inadvertently gave Belgium an early lead by scoring an own goal as the ball came off his shoulder into the net from a corner.

But Brazil needed to be better, too, as Augusto and Philippe Coutinho both failed to put golden chances on target with the clock ticking toward full time.

Willian said that victory over Japan and adversity will have boosted Belgium's confidence but that he was sure his own team are favourites to move on to the semi-finals. The other semifinal will be played on Wednesday between the winners of England-Sweden and Croatia-Russia.

A pair of early corners were poorly defended by Belgium, Thiago Silva only able to turn his effort against the post before Paulinho mishit his shot when picked out in the box.

18 minutes later and they were in dreamland.

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Romelu Lukaku has once again demonstrated why he can be a future Manchester United captain, noting how he instructed Kevin de Bruyne and Eden Hazard on which positions to take up during Belgium's 2-1 win over Brazil. "We can't wait [for Brazil]".

Lukaku combined beautifully with De Bruyne in the 31st minute to increase their tally. Yet after the game began, it was the Belgians that played with the joy and panache and preternatural skill usually associated with the Selecao.

Martinez went back to the Everton days and deployed the robust number nine wide on the right channel.

"And now who is going home?" he wrote in an Instagram story.

France has gone on to reach the World Cup final the last two times it advanced to the semifinals.

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