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Pre-tournament favourites say goodbye to Russia 2018

Five time champions and pre-tournament favourites Brazil were sent crashing out of the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia on Friday following a 2-1 loss to Belgium at the Kazan Arena. The Belgians took the lead through a Fernandinho own goal in the 13th minute. 

The Brazilians found themselves in even deeper trouble as an attempt to find the equalizer left them open at the back and saw Belgium netting a second in the 31st minute. Brazil were given a glimmer of hope when substitute Renato Augusto found the net in minute 76. But it's a lifeline the Brazilians were not able to make use of as they were sent packing at the quarter-final stage.

Belgium will face France who earlier beat Uruguay 2-0 at the Nizhny Novgorod Stadium. Raphael Varane's header in the 40th minute gave the 1998 champions the lead before Antoine Griezmann killed the game off with a goal in the 61st minute thanks to some ordinary goalkeeping from Fernando Muslera. France will face Belgium in the semi-finals on Tuesday at 1:00 pm at the St Petersburg Stadium.

The competition continues on Saturday with 1966 champions England looking to continue their fairytale run when they take on Sweden at 9:00 am. The decibel levels will get louder when hosts Russia hunt their second ever semi-final berth and  the first since the breakup of the USSR in 1991 when they face Croatia AT 1:00 pm. Live coverage of both games will be on TVJ AND Hitz 92 FM starting with pre-game shows at 8:00 am.

 

 

 



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