Thierry Henry has shaped Romelu Lukaku into World Cup's most impressive striker

Brazil's forward Neymar on the ground during FIFA World Cup 2018 round of 16 against Mexico at the Samara Arena

Brazil's forward Neymar on the ground during FIFA World Cup 2018 round of 16 against Mexico at the Samara Arena

"I think that Tite should stay", Ronaldo, a two-time World Cup victor with Brazil, said in his commentary for TV Globo. "It is an opportunity in our careers and we have to grab it with both hands".

In the 2nd semi-final, Croatia will face England.

But again the five-time world champions are leaving empty handed, unable to make it to the semifinals four years after that humiliating 7-1 loss to Germany at its home World Cup. You have to go all the way back to the 1934 World Cup to find a tournament in which more knockout games - and that tournament was played entirely as a knockout competition - were won by a team that had trailed. He is a great player with wondeful talents, but he spends most of the time in every game working out methods to cheat his way to winning free-kicks and penalties. He was also in charge of the quarter final duel between France and Uruguay at Nizhny Novgorod on 6th July (2-0).

Brazil's next tournament is the Copa America at home next year. England had a comfortable victory against Sweden in their quarterfinal match whereas Croatia had to fight with Russian Federation to win the game in penalties.

Martinez, however, will be hoping his man Lukaku continues to have such a huge impact at the World Cup as the attacker is clearly in top form. No host nation has won the World Cup since France in 1998.

Neymar was responsible for just one of Brazil's nine shots on target as they crashed out against Belgium, leaving him with just two goals to show for his efforts in Russian Federation. To put this in perspective, Belgium's biggest chance - which fell to Vincent Kompany from a corner just before half time - had a 15% probability of resulting in a goal.

France's Kylian Mbappe (3 goals) is the highest scoring teenager in a World Cup tournament since Pele scored six in 1958. Or maybe this is year that England finally, finally, wins another major worldwide tournament.

Eden Hazard has been directly involved in 14 goals in his last 14 games for Belgium (8 goals, 6 assists).

Martinez - who had seen his team rally from a two-goal deficit in their last-16 tie against Japan - reacted to the goal by sending on Dries Mertens in place of Mousa Dembele.

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