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|How Belgium shocked Brazil 2-1 to reach World Cup semi-final
| maxbet The World Cup favourites are on their way home, after Belgium pulled off a memorable 2-1 win over Brazil to seal a semi-final with France.A Fernandinho own goal and a fine strike from Kevin De Bruyne were enough to see off the South Americans, despite Renato Augusto setting up a thrilling finish.But how did Roberto Martinez's men get the better of a Brazil side tipped for the title? We dissect the quarter-final upset…
Tactics changeThere was a surprise an hour before kick-off, when it was revealed Marouane Fellaini and Nacer Chadli would be starting. maxbet The two midfielders had changed the game against Japan when they were thrown on with Belgium trailing, but their inclusion from the first whistle against Brazil in place of the more attack-minded Yannick Carrasco and Dries Mertens hinted at a change in approach.
Come kick-off there was a further twist, as it became apparent Martinez had swapped his go-to three-at-the-back set-up for a bold 4-3-3, with Romelu Lukaku pushed out to the right flank, Eden Hazard on the left and Kevin De Bruyne through the middle as a false nine.Those three players were regularly left up the field, giving Belgium a real threat on the counter-attack, while Fellaini protected the defence alongside Chadli and Alex Witsel.
Team ethic/unityAfter the match, Martinez was keen to heap praise on his players' enthusiasm in embracing the tactics change. "It's the execution of the tactics which matters - and the execution was magnificent," he said. "Players have to be so brave to accept it. In two days they changed their tactical disposition. There was a desire to make it happen."
maxbet That team unity and willingness to work together was underlined by captain Vincent Kompany before the match, when he insisted Belgium would have to work together to overcome a more individually talented Brazil side.