In one of the most-anticipated matches of the tournament so far, host nation Russian Federation crashed out of the world cup after losing to Croatia in the penalty shootout.
Lukaku has been in fine form for his country despite not scoring in the past two matches, receiving praise from teammates, former players and sections of the media.
Some suggested that the stunning goal from Nacer Chadli in injury time was due to the Samurai Blue's tactical naivety but Belgium also cut through experienced Brazil in the same way several times in the quarter-finals.
Croatia's quarter-final was more strenuous as they were taken to a penalty shootout by Russian Federation before edging through 4-3, Ivan Rakitic scoring the decisive spot-kick.
"'Hazard?" We've already eliminated the best player in the World [Messi], said Atletico Madrid defender Hernandez, who has started all five of France's games in the tournament. After its 7-1 humiliation by Germany in the 2014 semifinals, Brazil was knocked out even earlier this time, losing 2-1 to Belgium in the quarterfinals.
Belgium's "golden generation" had looked on the brink of another major tournament disappointment when 2-0 down midway through the second half of their last-16 tie against Japan, but roared back in that game before punishing Brazil time and again with blistering counter-attacks.
By the time Qatar 2022 arrives it will have been 20 years since a non-European nation won the World Cup but Tabarez maintains the persistent achievements of sides such as his own should be applauded. "The feeling is bitter".
And if mystic Hazard's form continues, we could be set for a mouth-watering Belgium v England final next Sunday, let's just hope that his prediction of the victor does not come to fruition.
Raphael Varane's towering header gave Deschamps's men the lead before Uruguayan goalkeeper Fernando Muslera's terrible error gifted Antoine Griezmann the game-clinching goal.
"Very happy to be part of this team, I am proud of all, interrupted our dream but they did not get out of our head and neither of our hearts".