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World Cup Quarterfinals: France and Belgium off to the semis

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Couldn't keep up with the first two quarterfinal matches in Russia? Don't worry, BostonSportsJournal.com has you covered with all the highlights in quickie form, complete with BSJ analysis and insight.

FOUR THOUGHTS ON FRIDAY'S ACTION

Belgium on to second-ever semifinal with 2-1 win over Brazil: The second-ranked team vs. the third-ranked team certainly lived up to the hype. Thirteen minutes in, Belgium went up by a goal to nil against the run of play, as a Vincent Kompany set-piece header went off Fernandinho's shoulder and into the net for the 11th own goal of the tournament. Kevin de Bruyne then doubled the lead at the end of the 31st minute, as a solid Belgium counterattack ended in the back of Brazil's net. Brazil had a penalty shout that went ignored -- I don't think it was a penalty -- just before the hour, but also a few shots aimed at the net that Thibaut Courtois flew into action to stop. It wasn't until the 76th minute when Phillippe Coutinho's volley found the net courtesy Renato Augusto's header, and it was game on. The Selecao kept up the pressure, had another penalty shout in the first minute of second-half stoppage time -- another non-starter -- but a Courtois save in the Upper 90 in the fourth minute of stoppage time to deny the Brazilians pretty much ended it.

France with a solid victory: There's a reason teams play a full 90 minutes: