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Argentine pope consoles Brazil after soccer World Cup exit

Argentine pope consoles Brazil after soccer World Cup exit

Brazil will be without their right-back Danilo for the rest of the World Cup, after injuring his ankle in training on the eve of Friday's quarter-final against Belgium.

The irony of Thierry Henry, one of France's all-time soccer greats, plotting his own country's downfall at the World Cup in Russian Federation has not been lost on his former team mate Didier Deschamps, who calls it a weird situation.

Belgium stretched their unbeaten run to 24 beating Brazil 2-1 and coach Roberto Martinez believes his team can do even better in the semifinal against France. Earlier in the year, Mohammed Salah looked the most likely candidate to end the duopoly after breaking the Premier League goal record and inspiring Liverpool to a Champions League final. "I'm proud of everyone", said Neymar, who hadn't spoken publicly since the team's elimination in Kazan.

"You said European football is stronger, but we don't know who will win the World Cup this time". Here's the unofficial count for Brazil's quarter-final match against Belgium. Thumping headers from Harry Maguire and Dele Alli were enough to secure a first world cup semi-final berth for the Three Lions in 28 years.

Henry, who scored 51 goals in 123 global appearances, played for France at four World Cups in all.

The Brazilian attacker drew the ire of football fans around the world for his on-pitch antics, with his regular theatrics after getting fouled becoming tiresome very quickly for supporters.

"President Putin called me before the (last-16) game with the Spanish and after", said Cherchesov, who masterminded a win against Spain on penalties in the last 16. He's helped me from when I arrived in England, we have a very special and close relationship.

The five-time world champions left the World Cup empty handed after losing to Belgium in the quarterfinals, leaving only European teams contending for the title in Russian Federation. "I have a good team that still has plenty of room for improvement".


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