Belgium goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois said his team's defeat by France in the World Cup semi-finals on Tuesday was a "shame for football", criticising Didier Deschamps's side for a defensive style of play. If they play at their best and similar to what they did against Brazil, then Belium have a decent chance of reaching the country's first FIFA World Cup final in the nation's history.
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Belgium were pushing for a goal and France had to rely on a brilliant stop from Hugo Lloris after his Tottenham teammate Toby Alderweireld somehow got a shot off after a corner that was travelling into the top corner. They comfortably dealt with the threat of Romelu Lukaku.
They are the only side with a 100% record in this year's World Cup and the way the dispatched Brazil in the quarter-final was very impressive.
The semi-final matchup of the European neighbors promises to be full of intrigue as France aim to reach the final for the first time since a Zinedine Zidane-led team did so in Germany in 2006.
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France and Belgium meet in Saint Petersburg on Tuesday night to decide who will become the first finalists at the 2018 World Cup. France legend Thierry Henry, who scored three goals as a 20-year old when France won it all in 1998, is now an assistant coach on the Belgian sideline.
Croatia will need to be wary of England at corners and free-kicks, but they also have players who look capable of giving Southgate's defence their most serious test of the tournament. The Red Devils and Les Bleus are competing for a spot in the World Cup final, and both teams are bringing world-class attacking talent to the match. "I would have preferred to have Henry on our side, to give me and the other French forwards advice, but I am not too jealous". "The game was, as you can imagine, very close, very tight, and it was going to be decided (on) maybe the one that it could find that final touch in the box".
"We know there are going to be hard moments and we'll have to be ready to suffer".
France now flies into Sunday's final on a hot streak, having defeated Argentina, Uruguay and Belgium in the knockout stage.
"It is a fantastic generation and in order to beat them we will have to play a great match". His pace caused the Belgian back line worries all night and one moment of absolute genius when his quick feet and back heel sent Giroud through on goal, nearly lead to one of the goals of the tournament so far.