Europe dominates World Cup semi-final spots
Cape Town - For only the fifth time in 21 Soccer World Cup editions - and the first time since 2006 - all four semi-finalists at Russia 2018 hail from Europe.
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Belgium's enthralling 2-1 win over tournament favourites Brazil meant that the remaining six teams left standing in the tournament were all European.
England overcame Sweden 2-0 while Croatia needed penalties to beat hosts Russia to join Belgium and France in the final four of the competition.
It's the first time since Germany in 2006 - the 18th edition of the World Cup - where four European teams: Italy (champions), France (runners-up), Germany (third) and Portugal (fourth) made up the final four positions.
Brazil's defeat to Belgium is the fourth consecutive time that they've been knocked out by a European team - with all three of those sides going on to contest the final, with Germany crowned as eventual champions.
Last four teams to have knocked Brazil out:
- Belgium (2018)
- Germany (2014)
- Netherlands (2010)
- France (2006)
A European team will become world champions for the fourth time in a row following Italy's win in 2006, Spain's triumph in 2010 and Germany's victory in 2014.
Belgium have reached the World Cup semi-finals for only the second time, losing out to eventual winners Argentina in 1986.
The Red Devils' victory was only their second ever against Brazil, and first since a 1963 friendly match in Brussels.