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The pain of loss to Belgium very great, says Neymar

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Despite being a giant footballing nation, Brazil have not won the World Cup since 2002 and will need their talisman to fare much better in Qatar in four years time.

The Seleção plummeted out of the World Cup on Friday after falling to defeat at the hands of Belgium in the quarter final, leaving Tite to pick up the pieces as criticism over his team selection reached boiling point.

As disheartening as the loss is for Brazil, Neymar and Co. are in good company, in a manner of speaking.

The forward was fouled ten times in Brazil's opening match against Switzerland, the most a player had been fouled in a World Cup match since Alan Shearer in 1998. Germany meanwhile, has handed a 2-0 defeat at the stadium on the final matchday of group play, which ended its title defense in the first round.

Belgium will continue its World Cup campaign on Tuesday when it meets France in the semis.

Brazil played their 109th World Cup game, joining Germany for the record for most matches in World Cup history.

He posted to social media: "Unfortunately our dream has been postponed, and it is very painful for all of us that after so much work and dedication on the part of each player, technical commission, and staff, there is enormous pain". The younger Lukaku brother did not manage to make it to the Belgian World Cup squad in Russian Federation but has been impressive for the Italian club. Belgium thrashed the cup favourites Brazil, which had the likes of Neymar and Coutinho.

This will be the first World Cup in 12 years, and just the fifth overall, with all four semi-finalists from one confederation. "We can't give him any space either, so it is going to take a collective effort".

World Cup games can be defined by the quality of the play, the drama or what is at stake.

"It's hard for me to talk to you", Tite said at the news conference after the match. On this occasion at least, Brazil could not overwhelm a team through the quality of its individuals, though it did come close.

An own goal from Manchester City's Fernandinho gave the Red Devils the lead in the 13th minute before his fellow club teammate, Kevin De Bruyne fired a thunderous shot to the left corner of Alisson's goal post to keep them two goals up in the first half.