Belgium's Golden Generation vies to live up to its billing as the Red Devils face off against tournament front-runners Brazil in Kazan, in an encounter brimming with superstar players on both sides.
06 July 201819:56 GMT
After five minutes added time, the referee blows the whistle, and Belgium's bench runs onto the pitch in ecstasy. Both teams were brilliant today, but Brazil will rueing their shambolic finishing, while Belgium make their first World Cup since 1986.
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Hazard has been a valuable outlet for the Red Devils in these closing minutes, repeatedly getting past several men, and eating up valuable time.
Lukaku, who has been very dangeorous despite the miscues, is off, midfielder Tielemans is on. This is desperate holding on stuff from Martinez. Two minutes to added time.
A bad miss in a game full of them. Neymar races in space down the left, beats the defender and delivers a cross to Coutinho, who first-times it in a ridiculous slice that goes harmlessly wide. He has his head in his hands on the floor.
A substitution for Belgium in an attempt to plug the floodgates. Vermaelen comes on for the more attacking Chadli.
Hazard races away for a four against two, but passes weakly to an open man to his left. This will be a test of Belgium's character. It is too late on to fail without it being questioned.
From what looked like an accurate but not particularly fast cross from Coutinho, an unmarked Renato Augusto jumps between two Belgium defenders, who appear to have lost concentration from the strain of defending several dozen chances. It had begun to look hopeless for the five-time champions.
A standard substitution for this tournament - Paulinho is replaced by another midfielder, Renato Augusto.
In a rare occurrence at this level of football, Lukaku runs straight off the pitch with the ball at full pace, making no apparent attempt to control it.
Lukaku ran in to touch like he was playing rugby there— VUJ (@DavidVujanic) July 6, 2018
Meunier is subsequently given a yellow card, for a hard foul on Neymar. He will miss the next match.