'Skilful' Neymar is 'not an actor': Lukaku

World Cup QF: Both Brazil, Belgium battling bad vibes

The teams meet at the World Cup for the first time since 2002 when Brazil won 2-0 in the last-16, before going on to lift the trophy.

At a news conference Thursday, Lukaku said Belgium's disappointing experience at the 2016 European Championship showed nothing should be taken for granted in football and that Brazil will provide a "benchmark" for his team.

Hence, Brazil will have a lot of work to do if they want to maintain the match-winning streak over Belgium.

Neymar now has two goals to his name for Brazil during the tournament and will look to add to his tally when they take on Belgium in the quarter-finals this evening.

The Red Devils tore Brazil apart on the counter-attack in the first half, before hanging on in the second to close out a famous 2-1 victory.

For the first time in this summer's World Cup, the Samba Boys were behind.

If you glanced at the match stats from Friday's quarterfinal and ignored the scoreline, you'd feel relatively safe in assuming that an ultra-aggressive Brazil scored a flurry of goals and breezed past Belgium into the semifinal.

The pair have enjoyed a great many auspicious moments together in West London, striking up a comradery that extends beyond the field of play. Casemiro has provided a strong shield in front of the Brazilian defence.

They now reach the last four of the competition - vindication, perhaps, for the manager's swashbuckling style after much criticism following a narrow win over Japan in the previous round, and indeed Premier League tenures at Wigan and Everton.

The loss marks the third time in four World Cups that Brazil has been eliminated in the quarterfinals. "It was all about making the sacrifice, and I wasn't the only one", said Meunier, who patrolled the Belgian right flank virtually single-handedly but picked up a yellow card that will keep him out of the semi-final meeting with France.

De Bruyne then completed a counterattack launched by Lukaku to double the lead in the 31st minute. The Belgians were 2-0 down and needed a goal in the final minute of the match to squeeze into the last eight. Vincent Kompant, Fernandinho's teammate at Manchester City, rose above the scrum to get his head to Nacer Chadli's corner kick, but didn't make the cleanest of contact.

Belgium are unbeaten in 23 games, while Brazil have lost only one of their 25 games under coach Tite.

"This was the biggest test for us, " De Bruyne said.

The Selecao continued to dominate possession and carved out chance after chance, especially after Augusto headed home Philippe Coutinho's cross to give them renewed hope some three minutes after replacing Paulinho.

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