Neymar describes World Cup exit as painful time

Brazil's Neymar top celebrates with teammate Paulinho after scoring his side's opening goal during the round of 16 match between Brazil and Mexico at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Samara Arena in Samara Russia Monday

Belgium took the lead after a slice of good fortune involving a pair of Manchester City teammates who were on opposing sides.

Renato Augusto pulled one back to make it a tense finish, but Martinez's men held on until the end.

For the third time in a World Cup - after 1982 and 2006 - the semifinals will feature only European teams.

Now, Belgium and France are set to play a semifinal match next Tuesday. The next day in Moscow, it will be either England or Sweden against either Russian Federation or Croatia.

"I think his options have broadened a little bit, just inside L.A. There's another team, obviously, in L.A".

The 2018 World Cup may have been the last for several Brazil players, with nine of their 23-man squad in their 30s.

Brazil went down two goals in the first half, the first goal coming as an own goal off of midfielder Fernandinho following a corner kick.

Five-time world champion Brazil came into Friday's quarterfinal match at Russian Federation 2018 as the clear favorite to beat the Red Devils and reach next week's semifinal versus France, which had dispatched Uruguay hours earlier.

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Belgium is now on a 24-match unbeaten streak.

Hazard, meanwhile, still has the chance to lift the trophy in Moscow on July 15.

Belgium refused to fold, however, in the enthralling closing stages, ensuring Roberto Martinez's side reached the World Cup semi-finals for only the second time in their history.

The 26-year-old Brazil forward has posted a message on Instagram, a day after Brazil's 2-1 loss to Belgium in the World Cup quarterfinals in Kazan.

Fernandinho opened the scoring, into the wrong goal, in the 13th minute (WATCH HERE).

The giant Chelsea stopper needed every inch of his 6 feet 6 inch (1.99 metre) frame to prevent Neymar hauling Brazil into extra-time with a stunning stoppage time save on Friday.

Criticised for his playacting, Neymar went down lightly under minimal contact from Marouane Fellaini at the start of the second half when Brazil trailed 2-0. Thibaut Courtois palmed away a goal-bound Gabriel Jesus header on 36 minutes before stopping a curling Philippe Coutinho shot that was headed for the back of the net.

While Belgium took the lead with a combination of fortune and their attacking skill, the Brazilians were calmer in possession after half-time, played their game and stifled the Belgians.

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