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England target first World Cup semi in 28 years

07 July, 2018, 18:49 | Author: Candice Daniels
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Belgium coach Roberto Martinez said his side "deserve to be heroes" back home after downing five-time champions Brazil on Friday to set up a World Cup semi-final clash against France.Brazil's forward Neymar (R) reacts during the Russian Federation 2018 World Cup quarter-final football match between Brazil and Belgium at the Kazan Arena in Kazan on July 6, 2018.

"These two teams are constructed to score and to win matches".

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"Neymar isn't an actor and has incredible quality as a player", the Belgian said to the reporters at his pre-match press conference.

For Friday's match, the tactics might be simpler.

"Against a team like Brazil, you must attack and defend with 11 players".

"We are not talking about a system but understanding what we must do when we have possession". "I think we will have to savour the game and do as much as we can for our country".

"But we were magnificent first half and they changed tactics second half".

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After Mexico was eliminated this week by Brazil , fans went to the Izmailovo market in Moscow looking to swap their sombreros. None of the teams in this side of the draw would have begun the tournament with realistic expectations of reaching the final.

Lukaku was asked for his views on Neymar, and specifically whether he believed the Brazil forward was an "actor" after his controversial reactions to challenges in the games with Serbia and Mexico.

"I work a lot and I'm fully focused on the things that I'm doing now".

"We came into this tournament as the least experienced team - we were one of the youngest teams in it", he said.

De Bruyne scored a stunning goal as Belgium beat one of the tournament favourites Brazil 2-1 to reach the semi-finals of the World Cup.

"We have worked hard over two years for this and we are as ready as we ever can be".

"It is a big occasion, you can not hide it, if you try and hide it you are a little bit of a stupid person", the Spanish coach said. There is something really special about this squad. But there is no margin for error. If we give Brazil a chance, they will take it. "I think he in the future will be the best player in the world and I'm very happy that I'll be going against him for a second time".

They will now face France on Tuesday to determine whether or not they will reach their first final.

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