It’s still extremely early in the first half of Friday’s second quarterfinal matchup, between Brazil and Belgium, two of the more heavily favored sides remaining at the 2018 World Cup, but it’s the Roberto Martinez’s Red Devils who lead in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia.
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Nacer Chadli whipped in a delightful corner kick to the near post, Vincent Kompany rose highest and got a head to it, though his contact appeared to glance the ball and send it across the six-yard box. To much Brazilian chagrin, the ball came off the arm of Fernandinho, who’s starting in place of the suspended Casemiro (yellow-card accumulation), sending it past Alisson in goal.
Up until this point, the game had been mostly one-way traffic toward the Belgian goal, but this is the World Cup of set pieces, so against-the-run-of-play goals have become very much the new norm.