Belgium beats Brazil 2-1, will meet France in semi-finals

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France defender Lucas Hernandez insists the prospect of facing Eden Hazard holds no fears for him after he played a part in taming Lionel Messi earlier in the World Cup.

Brazil's conquerers Belgium will now face France next week for a place in the World Cup final - meanwhile, it has been confirmed that Brazil manager Tite will remain in his post despite the disappointing tournament performance.

Another soothsayer-like prediction had England overcoming Colombia in the last 16, which Gareth Southgate's men did so via a dramatic penalty shootout.

Brazil, the heavy favorite to win the World Cup, just lost to Belgium in the quarter-finals.

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But France feel Henry will be happy with any outcome on Tuesday.

The core of that side remains in place in Russian Federation, where Belgium has won all four of its matches, including coming back from 2-0 down to beat Japan in the round of 16 with a thrilling counterattack in the final seconds of injury time.

The Belgium victor produced a pre-tournament bracket on the entire World Cup knockout stages three days before the opening match. "We can't take this match as a point of reference that contradicts everything we've been doing", he added.

Handed the armband by Roberto Martinez despite Vincent Kompany's return from injury, the Spaniard has drawn out Hazard's leadership qualities.

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"Hazard is a player with great talent, with much pace and big quality", he said.

The match, however, may be won at the other end of the field. Casemiro has provided a strong shield in front of the Brazilian defence.

Neymar was personally tipped for glory in the competition but endured a hard tournament, scoring twice for Brazil but also receiving severe criticism from around the world as a result of his perceived tendency to dive and exaggerate injuries.

Master craftsman De Bruyne finished a quickfire move with breath-taking accuracy in the first half to stamp himself as the leading attacking midfielder in the competition.

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