Brazil's Neymar says World Cup defeat is 'saddest moment of my career'

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Each semifinal features a team that has won the World Cup as well as a team seeking its first trophy.

And that final match, to crown the Wolrd Cup 2018 winners, will be played in Moscow on Sunday, July 15 at 4pm.

The World Cup semi-finals may be an all-European affair but Belgium's unlikely heroes Marouane Fellaini and Nacer Chadli have ensured that at least one part of North Africa has retained a strong interest in the tournament. Exhibit A: The contender for goal of the tournament scored for France by Benjamin Pavard against Argentina. The 32-year-old has scored twice from open play and twice more - just about - during penalty shootout triumphs in Russian Federation and at times appeared to be dragging his flagging team-mates towards that conclusion single-handedly during the 2-2 quarter-final slog against the hosts.

For Brazil, the most successful nation in World Cup history, a quarter-final exit is a massive disappointment.

For better or worse Brazil star Neymar grabbed a lot of headlines at this World Cup.

Also striking: the final four teams are all European.

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Here, we take a look at the contenders.

France have won both World Cup meetings against Belgium, winning 3-1 in the first round in 1938, and 4-2 in the third-place playoff match in 1986. And on that basis, the golazos so far at the 2018 World Cup are certainly up there with those at any previous tournament.

"However, we can say that Belgium has a similar style to Manchester City in the sense that we like to play with the ball and attack".

The versatile 28-year-old, who played a friendly for Morocco in 2010 before committing to Belgium, ran himself into the ground at left wing back against Brazil before making way for the better-known Thomas Vermaelen seven minutes from time.

The most ideal and traditional line-up for the final would be France vs England, but we should not disregard the chances of Croatia and Belgium.

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