Brazil outlast valiant Russia
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Brazil survived their toughest test in a long time to beat Russia 6-4 in an exhilarating quarter-final. The Seleção were twice behind, but a treble from Daniel helped take their unbeaten run to 71 games and book a date with Portugal.

Goals from Egor Shaykov and Dmitry Shishin had sent Russia into a shock early lead. The holders were stunned but reigning FIFA World Player Buru responded as a world champion should, deceiving his marker and thumping the ball past the impressive Andrey Bukhlitskiy to make it 2-1. Nikolai Pisarev's chagres came close to scoring on a number of occasions, yet it was their opponents that completed the first-period scoring through a fine Bruno strike.

Ilya Leonov edged Russia back in front in the second, but Daniel responded immediately to send the sides in level at the 24-minute mark. The Brazilian No5 then added two more in the last period, and although Buru was sent off and Shaykov pulled one back, Benjamin found the target to put the game beyond the Europeans' reach.