WORLD Cheers and tears as Belgium tops Brazil

WORLD

Cheers and tears as Belgium tops Brazil

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16:29, July 07, 2018

Belgian fans in Brussels watching their team triumph over Brazil in the World Cup quarterfinals in Russia cheered and danced as the final whistle sounded, sending their team into a semi-final against France. 

Belgium struck early and held off a late Brazil fightback to send the five-times champions tumbling out of the World Cup with a 2-1 victory in an end-to-end thriller on Friday. A Fernandinho own goal and a brilliant Kevin De Bruyne strike gave Belgium a spot in the last four for the second time after 1986. 

Meanwhile, despondent Brazilian fans in Rio de Janeiro sulked as Brazil was sent home at the quarter-final stage for the third time in the last four World Cups. 

Belgian fans celebrate as their World Cup team goes to the semi-finals for the first time in 1986 with a 2-1 victory over Brazil. (VCG)

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