World Cup day 23 in a nutshell: Brazil heartache, Kevin De Bruyne magic
The World Cup returned with a bang as two of the four semi-finalists were confirmed.We round up Friday's talking points from Russia, as France earned a 2-0 win over Uruguay for their first semi-final appearance in 12 years, and Belgium knocked out five-time champions Brazil.Here's all the talking points from the 23rd day of this summer's World Cup...
Uruguay 0-2 France
France reached the World Cup semi-finals for the first time since 2006 and ended Uruguay's dream with a 2-0 win in Nizhny Novgorod.Raphael Varane converted a clever Antoine Griezmann free-kick five minutes before half-time and the provider then profited from Fernando Muslera's goalkeeping howler (61) as Didier Deschamps' men booked a last-four showdown with Brazil or Belgium.
Brazil 1-2 Belgium
Kevin De Bruyne's stunning strike booked Belgium's place in the World Cup semi-finals with a 2-1 win over Brazil.A first-half double, courtesy of a Fernandinho own-goal (13) and a rasping De Bruyne (31) finish, gave Belgium a big enough cushion in order to repel a Brazilian onslaught in the second period.
Renato Augusto (76) set up a grandstand finish but Belgium, spearheaded by Eden Hazard and a fantastic performance by Thibaut Courtois, held on to make the last four, which means a European team will be winning this year's tournament.