Published: Wed, July 11, 2018
Sports | By Juana Wells

Blaise Matuidi returns for France, Belgium draft in Mousa Dembele

Blaise Matuidi returns for France, Belgium draft in Mousa Dembele

However, in saying all these french words, It was the Belgium team who shook the world off its axis when they out-danced the Samba Boys in emphatic fashion.

Manchester City star Kevin de Bruyne, meanwhile, was a little more diplomatic, perhaps mindful of the fact he will share a dressing room with several French internationals next season. They are trained by Didier Deschamps, who won the Cup in 1998 as a player and is now trying to do the same as a coach. Henry, scorer of goals that frequently had his audiences asking "How did he do that?" when he was a player, works with Belgian strikers on the fine details of finishing; he is there to divulge secrets, and keep those secrets in a closed circle. "I take my hat off to my players and my staff".

'I would not say that the team in front was better than us, ' he told BeIN Sport, via Eurosport.

Thousands of delirious French fans celebrated the victory on the Champs-Elysees avenue and at a giant screen viewing area at the town hall in Paris, letting off smoke flares and waving flags.

France was relentless on the attack in its 4-3 win against Argentina, but it has now revealed a grit in wins against Uruguay and Belgium that many were not sure existed. This means there will be little pressure on Gareth Southgate's young team who have showcased their strength at set pieces in Russian Federation.

Belgium winger Eden Hazard has praised Roberto Martinez ahead of his countries semi-final against France on Tuesday evening. Today, a goal on a corner.

"Because of the seven years I spent in France I feel 99 percent Belgian and one percent French, but the idea of taking French nationality never crossed my mind" Hazard once said when asked about the possibility.

Forward Kylian Mbappe posted some action pictures from the match and said "WHAT A DREAM".

England and Croatia will meet tomorrow in Moscow in the second semi-final.

Manager Gareth Southgate said his inexperienced side must look to perform at their "regular level" despite the pressure.

Meanwhile, Romelu Lukaku is Harry Kane's closest challenger for the Golden Boot award with four goals. Leading the scoring in this tournament with 14 goals, many thought this could be their year.

He is now trying to minimise potential distractions as his young team prepare to take the next step in their bid to repeat their World Cup triumph at home 52 years ago. On Tuesday, he will attempt to guide Belgium to a first World Cup final in the nation's history at the expense of Les Bleus.

There are concerns that fatigue could be a factor for Zlatko Dalic's side, given they were forced to come through 120 minutes and penalties against both the hosts and Denmark in the last two rounds.

"I can not tell you everything, because we might apply the same plan against France".

"This is maybe a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity".

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