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France beats Belgium to advance to final (highlights, live updates recap)

France beats Belgium to advance to final (highlights, live updates recap)”

After the match, Belgium boss Roberto Martinez said his team wanted to win the third-place play-off to finish the tournament "on a real high".

Belgium applied the pressure with more possession and a flurry of crosses slung from the flanks.

'France knows very well that we have difficulties against teams playing very deep'.

For France, who have reached this stage five times before, a win will take them to their third World Cup final - they lost to Germany in 2006 after a World Cup win at home eight years before that.

So here's the semifinal for which Kevin De Bruyne, the virtuoso Belgian midfielder who plays for Manchester City in England where all these guys apparently get together a lot, fielded a question Monday about which national anthem Henry might sing in pregame.

"It was exceptional", Deschamps said in a pitchside interview. Henry is one of the greatest French players of all time. "On a personal level it is with great pleasure that I'm going to see him tomorrow".

Hugo Lloris came to France's rescue minutes later with a superb save to keep Toby Alderweireld's snap-shot from inside the box.

Still, many experts seemed to believe the favorited France would come out victorious.

'We wanted to get to the final, the players showed a real togetherness and focus and when the result is not there you can not be anything but disappointed'. That one goal makes the difference'.

Belgium's forward Eden Hazard celebrates his team's win during the Russian Federation 2018 World Cup quarterfinal football match between Brazil and Belgium, at the Kazan Arena in Kazan on July 6. I have not yet experienced that a striker plays so far from goal. "That's the quality that he has". Whilst Hazard also added that the plan was quickly made for Brazil in the first training session after the game against the Samurai Blue.

"Will they do something similar for us?"

"On the personal front", he said without intending humor while nearly committing it, "I must say it's with great pleasure that I'm going to see him tomorrow".

France have no such selection issues and are nearly certain to stick with Stuttgart's Benjamin Pavard at right back after a string of impressive displays from the 22-year-old have made him one of the tournament's stand-out defenders.

But when France played host to Belgium in Saint Cloud in April 1906, the French secured revenge by winning 5-0. Benjamin Pavard was slipped through by a fine Mbappe ball, but Courtois stuck out a leg and deflected his shot wide.

"I think after our game against Japan, we discussed and we talked with the coach; we concluded that if we played the same way against Brazil, we would lose the game".

In some ways, this scenario is typical of Belgium and France, where the one that always gets the lesser attention and has the 11 million people (next to France's 67 million) finally finds its way to its second World Cup semifinal and first in 32 years with its luminous generation, and winds up getting attention for having a superstar No. 3 manager from ...



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