France dominate Belgium to advance to Russian Federation 2018 final match

France dominate Belgium to advance to Russian Federation 2018 final match

France dominate Belgium to advance to Russian Federation 2018 final match

At 21 minutes in Belgium took a corner which fell to Tottenham Hotspur's Toby Alderweireld, who swiftly turned to take his shot leading to a superb save from French keeper and Tottenham team-mate Hugo Lloris. The match kicks-off at 20:00 hrs (BST) at Krestovsky Stadium in St. Petersburg.

In their most recent action, Belgium defeated France in a wild 4-3 friendly in 2015.

Another talented filled fixture between two World Cup favourites, France and Belgium. They scored a goal that probably is Fellaini is the last man to touch it but the they score and they try to control the game which basically they did.

France will meet a European side only for the second time during the current World Cup, as their previous opponents outside of Denmark included Australia, Peru, Argentina and Uruguay.

"We wanted to get into the final", he said. The goalkeeper made some high profile blunders for Tottenham last season, as well as some for France in the friendly game prior to the competition.

Asked what Macron said, Mbappe replied: "President Macron said that he would see us in the semifinals, and that he was going to come back to see us with the World Cup".

For the generation of Hazard, De Bruyne, and Romelu Lukaku, beating Brazil in the quarter-finals was meant to be the breakthrough en route to winning a major tournament.

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Speaking to the BBC after the defeat, boss Roberto Martinez was slightly more pragmatic about the exit and focused on his side finishing with a flourish in Saturday's third-placed play-off. Through five matches, it looked as if they could finally deliver on their promise. Celtic's Dedryck Boyata may feature as a right-back.

Belgium had won all five matches in Russian Federation coming into their meeting with the French, and had scored 14 goals in the process.

The Belgian star was hacked down by Olivier Giroud on the edge of the area in the 79th minute of France's 1-0 victory on Wednesday morning.

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"I prefer to lose with this Belgium than win with this France", Hazard said, via Het Nieuwsblad.

"It's hard to call and it's like the Brazil game against Belgium, it's very hard to know which was it's going to go". I thought it was incredible how he did it, how he worked it out and how the players did it.

Kylian Mbappe was lethal in France's 4-3 second-round win over Argentina, using his pace to devastating effect, but Martinez said his side would not make the mistake of focusing exclusively on one player.

"We could easily have frozen".

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