Belgium Forward Lukaku Says 'Truly Happy' as Long as Team 'Doing Great'

Roberto Martínez has led Belgium to the World Cup quarterfinals

Roberto Martínez has led Belgium to the World Cup quarterfinals

Neymar says Brazil's World Cup elimination in Russian Federation is the saddest moment of his career and it will be hard to get back to playing soccer again.

"But it's a dream match for our players - they were born to play in a match like this".

Lukaku entered this summer's World Cup off the back of scoring 27 goals in 51 appearances during his first season at Old Trafford.

Belgium beat five-time champions Brazil 2-1 in Kazan on Saturday morning (AEST) to qualify for the World Cup semi-finals, where they will face the 1998 winners France at St. Petersburg Stadium on Wednesday (AEST).

Some fans even went as far as to say that Neymar's action on the pitch had ruined Brazil's solid reputation and lost them respect others branded him a "disgrace".

Harry Kane still holds up Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi as standard-bearers despite the superstar duo's disappointing World Cup.

France vs. Belgium promises to be the pick of the two semifinals, because both teams are rapier-quick, packed with talent, favour open, attacking play and have outstanding players - Mbappe for France, Kevin de Bruyne for Belgium - who can make a difference.

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Here they were too cautious until the game started getting away from them and were punished for uncharacteristic mistakes. England's appearance in a first World Cup semi-final since 1990 is an "incredible feeling", says boss Gareth Southgate.

As has been the case throughout this World Cup, Brazilian forward Neymar will likely garner much of the attention during the match, both for his skills and speed as well as his on-field theatrics.

In the evolving world of global football tactics, Russian Federation 2018 has signalled the return with a vengeance of a system of play that was rendered ineffective by total football four decades ago.

Fortunately for the Selecao, Belgium has a poor record against South American sides at the World Cup. That is the match everyone wants to play in, the match the whole world will watch.

"Providing assists is also important and this year I have provided more than ever".

Belgium's three central defenders are all imposing figures but two of them, Vincent Kompany and Jan Vertonghen, are the wrong side of 30. They can defend, they are imaginative in midfield and they score goals for fun.

It's only the fifth time in 21 World Cup editions that all four semi-finalists will come from Europe, and the first time since 2006, when Italy, Germany, France and Portugal contested the last four. And, perhaps fittingly given the host country's revolutionary history, change is in the air.

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