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De Bruyne sends Belgium into World Cup semi-final

KING KEV: De Bruyne's goal was crucial

KING KEV: De Bruyne's goal was crucial

Kevin De Bruyne struck a superb winning goal as Belgium beat Brazil 2-1 in an extraordinary World Cup quarter-final in Kazan.

An unfortunate Fernandinho own goal gave Belgium the lead after 13 minutes with Brazil looking far from their best.

Belgium were the dominant side for the remainder of the first half and that dominance was rewarded when De Bruyne’s produced a sweet strike into the bottom corner from 20 yards after a brilliant, flowing move that saw the Red Devils break from inside their own 18-yard box. 

But the five-time winners were much improved in the second half, and substitute Renato Augusto halved the deficit when he headed home from Phillipe Coutinho’s superb ball.

With Brazil laying siege on the Belgian goal, Thibaut Courtois made a stunning save deep into injury time to deny Neymar and confirm Belgium’s place in the last-four for the first time since 1986.

Vincent Kompany, outstanding throughout, played the full 90 minutes and was key to Belgium’s fine display.

Belgium will now face France in the semi-final in St Petersburg next Tuesday.

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We conclude our City-centric World Cup A-Z by focusing on a true Blue legend who came agonisingly close to securing football’s ultimate prize in 2014… Pablo Zabaleta.

The final instalment of our World Cup A-Z feature...

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