Belgian midfielder Kevin DeBruyne has stated that Brazil was unable to cope with Belgium’s swift and devastating counter-attack and that this was the reason for their defeat.
The man of the match was on hand to score Belgium’s second goal and was involved in most of all the good things they did in the game.
He said: “I think we switched things up tactically,
“Romelu [Lukaku] and Eden [Hazard] changed position they tried to create many opportunities with Marcelo on the flank.
“I think in the first half we played very well, generated a lot of opportunities and they didn’t really know what they had to do.
“In the second half they changed tactically and Brazil were better, but even then we managed to create opportunities.”
With France as their next opponents, DeBruyne feels Belgium can really stand up to their more illustrious opponents and take something from the game.
“[France] are an extraordinary team, but I think whenever you reach the semi-finals of the World Cup you are never going to face weak opposition,” De Bruyne said.
“All the teams involved know how to play football. We’re on an equal footing with France, the difference is minimal.
“We’ll do everything we can physically and that’s all you can do. You do everything you can to win and if they’re better, they’ll be better and that will be football, but we’ll do everything we can to win.
“We’ve achieved something really beautiful and it’s not easy as you have 10 to 15 teams coming here to win.
“Of course we are proud to reach the semi-finals and we are going to do our utmost to win that match against France.
“We’re in the last four and we’re happy, but you want to go to the final and play in the match the whole world will be watching and you want to do all you can to get there.
“Only a few times in a lifetime you might get to go to tournaments and we’ll do all we can to be ready and hopefully we can give some nice images of Belgium, that’s why we’re here and we’re going to give everything we can to win that game against France.”