Published: Mon, July 09, 2018
Sport | By Floyd Cook

Eden Hazard made these World Cup predictions and lots have come true

Eden Hazard made these World Cup predictions and lots have come true

Brazil came to Russian Federation with a strong team, a well-liked coach and a great star.

Fortunately for the Selecao, Belgium has a poor record against South American sides at the World Cup.

Argentina was eliminated from World Cup contention in the first of the knockout rounds.

It was a bad blow for the Brazilians.

Neymar was personally tipped for glory in the competition but endured a hard tournament, scoring twice for Brazil but also receiving severe criticism from around the world as a result of his perceived tendency to dive and exaggerate injuries.

Belgium are just the ninth team in World Cup history to win* five successive matches in a single World Cup tournament, though the feat has been achieved 11 times. But it wasn't meant to be.

The Brazil Football Federation (CBF) have condemned the racist abuse aimed at Fernandinho and his family after the country's exit from the World Cup. "Give me Hazard instead of Neymar". "They interrupted our dream, but it lives on in our minds and hearts".

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Each semifinal features a team that has won the World Cup as well as a team seeking its first trophy.

Those returning to Brazil included Coach Tite, who in an interview upon arriving thanked the support of the fans.

They weren't the only ones to pile into him. "We can't take this match as a point of reference that contradicts everything we've been doing", he added. "The feeling is bitter".

Belgium will need their wing backs to be operating at full tilt if they are to get back and assist. Yet in the end, the Ballon d'Or still went to Fabio Cannavaro for his inspirational displays in Italy's World Cup triumph. "I can't answer that question right now".

Neymar left in tears at the final whistle, refusing to talk to waiting media.

Neymar says Brazil's World Cup elimination in Russian Federation is the saddest moment of his career and it will be hard to get back to playing soccer again.

Brazil's next tournament is the Copa America at home next year.

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