Brazil's shock exit after being beat 2-1 by Belgium last night saw thousands of fans turn to Twitter to gloat.
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.
Ilya Kutepov of Russia looks dejected following his sides defeat in the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Quarter Final match between Russia and Croatia at Fisht Stadium on July 7, 2018 in Sochi, Russia.
After more goals came from set-pieces in this World Cup's group stage than any other, dead-ball strategy has continued to have a huge impact in the knockout phase, with five of the 11 goals scored in the quarterfinals coming from free kicks or corners.
Shearer echoed the sentiment of the majority of football fans, who were disappointed to see a player of Neymar's calibre constantly attempting to deceive the referee with gamesmanship. But we will be ready because we have an extremely good state of mind, and it is the semi-finals in the World Cup. "Our finishing was shambolic throughout the World Cup".
The Belgians produced another classic in the quarterfinals against Brazil, scoring twice in the first 32 minutes against their famous opponents and clinging on to knock the Selecao out.
Keys to victory: Eden Hazard has lived up to his billing this world cup and has been the spark which has driven the Belgian attack.
SAMARA, Russia - England achieved something David Beckham's generation never managed: It reached the semifinals of the World Cup. We're all old enough to know what we're doing.
Speaking at the pre-match press conference, Lloris said: "They are an exhaustive team, they know how to do everything".
"He is a different player, a star for the next 15 years and I think he can even improve".
'In general and physical terms, the team flew.
"I think that it happens to everyone to get hard moments", he said at his presentation to the media on Monday.