Kevin De Bruyne says Belgium are on a once-in-a-lifetime journey and they plan on extending it

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Belgium are on a once-in-a-lifetime journey that they plan on extending, according to Kevin De Bruyne.

The Manchester City man scored a stunning goal as the Red Devils beat tournament favourites Brazil 2-1 to reach the semi-finals of the World Cup.

A Tuesday date with France now stands between them and a first ever final, the current squad having matched the exploits of their 1986 countrymen.

This particular group of Belgian players have long been talked up and De Bruyne has his eyes set on making the most of this opportunity.

“We have achieved something that is really beautiful and not easy,” he said.

“We are proud to reach the semi-finals and will do our utmost to win that match. We are in the top four and are happy, but once you’re that close you want to do everything you can.

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“Only a few times in your lifetime (can you come to a World Cup), you might go to two or three in a lifetime if you’re lucky. We will do all we can and hopefully we can give you some nice images of Belgium.

“We are going to give everything we can to beat France.”

For all their critics, France have moved into the last four with a minimum of fuss, ruthlessly disposing of Uruguay on Friday.

De Bruyne knows how dangerous they are and is taking little for granted.

“It’s an extraordinary team (France) but when you reach the semi-finals of a World Cup you’re never going to find ordinary opposition,” he said.

“Thirty-two teams (started out), they all know how to play football.

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“We are on an equal footing with France, we will try and do everything we can physically and mentally. That’s all we can do. At the end, you do all you can to win and if they’re better, they’re better. That’s football.”

Belgium’s progress represents more success for boss Roberto Martinez, who left Everton two years ago to mixed reviews.

He and Thierry Henry are getting the best out of this ultra-talented Belgian squad and he admitted to finding the one thing he had been missing from club football – a human touch.

“The game, the last five minutes, I felt we could lose a lot and the players did not deserve it,” he said.

“Brazil need 30 seconds to score a goal and then 20 for another. The players had a look in their eye that they believed in each other. We showed experience, calmness and a real togetherness.

“The only thing I miss about club football is that you don’t always get the human beings behind the footballers. Today, it was the human beings. They care about being ambassadors of Belgian football.

“That makes everything worth it, I hope everyone in Belgium realises this generation is special and everything they did is to make them proud. It’s time to celebrate back home.”

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Watch: Belgium fans react following their quarter-final win against Brazil

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It was a moment to savour for Belgium

Belgium produced a masterclass to beat five-time champions Brazil and enter the World Cup semi-finals for the first time since 1986.

A Fernandinho own goal and Kevin De Bruyne’s superb first-half strike sealed a deserved 2-1 win on Friday night and will now play 1998 winners France on Tuesday night.

Unsurprisingly, Belgian fans were thrilled with the result with some even admitting they didn’t expect to beat Brazil.

Watch what the Belgian supporters said below:

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It was a disrupted night's sleep for Sweden.

England’s World Cup quarter-final opponents Sweden had a surprise early wake-up call when a fire alarm went off at their luxury hotel early in the morning.

Hours before the Scandinavian side faced their biggest game since 1994, they were forced to evacuate their rooms at the five-star Lotte Hotel, in central Samara, at around 8am.

One England fan, who is staying at the hotel and asked not to be named, said he saw the players standing outside the along with football fans.

The Swedish stars, including midfielder Seb Larsson, were said to be looking tired in the lobby after the false alarm.

England fan Terry Comitti, from Romford, Essex, told the Daily Mail: “They were not happy and that wouldn’t be a surprise when they were supposed to be getting their beauty sleep before what is probably the biggest game of their lives.”

Hours after the incident, a member of hotel staff, who did not want to be named, said: “Everything is OK, the guests are safely in their rooms or the lobby.”

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