Speed Reads

2018 World Cup

Belgium beats Brazil, advances to World Cup semifinal match against France

Belgium trounced Brazil in the second quarterfinal game of the World Cup on Friday, coming away with a 2-1 win.

The flop-filled match was exciting down to the last minute — with both goals from Belgium in the first half, the second half became a nail-biter after Brazil's Renato Augusto scored in the 76th minute. Ultimately, the single goal was not enough, sending the five-time World Cup champions home.

Belgium will move on to the semifinals, along with France, which eliminated Uruguay 2-0 on Friday morning. Now, the two nations will face one another in the first semifinal match on July 10. FiveThirtyEight gives Belgium a 27 percent chance of being the ultimate victor of the Cup, while France leads the pack with a 31 percent chance of winning the glory. The tournament continues on Saturday, with Sweden and England competing for the chance to face the winner of the Russia vs. Croatia match.