Belgium coach Roberto Martinez believes assistant manager Thierry Henry's World Cup-winning experience can give his side an advantage when the Frenchman faces his countrymen in Tuesday's semi-final. Then the second goal by De Bruyne was simply a magical shot which hardly any goalkeeper could have saved.
Another indication of the winds of change: Among those taking their place is Belgium, which has never won the title but looks capable of doing so after reaching the semis for only the second time.
The midfield duo, who both have dual Moroccan-Belgian nationality, kept Belgium alive with their goals off the bench in the extraordinary round of 16 comeback against Japan and were handed starts in the 2-1 win over Brazil.
The 1950 World Cup is known more for Brazil's failure than Uruguay's triumph, while the 1982 tournament is a rare example of a team who didn't win the tournament - Brazil - being remembered more fondly than the eventual winners, Italy.
The goal showed that while Belgium hugely benefit from Hazard they are far from dependent on him. "I feel that's probably the biggest strength that we have as a football team".
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"I think that Tite should stay", Ronaldo, a two-time World Cup victor with Brazil, said in his commentary for TV Globo. That is a World Cup first.
Four years ago at home the pressure, and actually not having that great a side, got to them on home soil but they arrived in Russian Federation as the favourites and with a better side than 2014.
The Manchester City player will remain with the squad.
When the tournament began, not many people predicted a final four consisting of France (No. 7 in Federation Internationale de Football Association rankings), Belgium (No. 3), England (No. 12) and Croatia (No. 20). This isn't just the Scotsman in me talking here, but these two teams are better than England and Croatia - although anything can happen in a final. "In the national team we do different things".
For me, he is the best young footballer on the planet.
"Neymar will have to reflect on his tournament and try to understand why he is so disliked", SporTV presenter Marcelo Barreto said.