Two years ago at home, the French surprisingly lost to Portugal 1-0 in the Euro 2016 title match. Every match day through the final July 15.
Belgium have undeniably been the standout side in the tournament, scoring a total of 14 goals in five matches.
Hazard came even closer shortly afterwards, this time cutting in on his favoured right foot and blasting the ball towards the far corner, only for Raphael Varane to divert the ball over the crossbar with a courageous header.
Umtiti's goal was a cracker, as he outjumped Marouane Fellaini to score his third and easily most important worldwide goal from Griezmann's pinpoint delivery.
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And now, with England's biggest game in years on the horizon, Alli has directly tweeted fans to show his appreciation for what they've done throughout the World Cup (see below).
In search of the equalizer, Belgium repeatedly sent over crosses from both wings but Umtiti and Varane used their bodies cleverly to hold off Fellaini and Lukaku.Читайте также: Manchester City sign Riyad Mahrez from Leicester City in club-record deal
Deschamps, the captain of that famous 1998 squad, now has the chance to become the third person to win the World Cup as a player and a coach, after Germany great Franz Beckenbauer and Brazil's Mario Zagallo. France is slightly favored over Belgium in their first competitive meeting since 1986.
But here's one thing Deschamps can be sure of: if Lukaku has a one-on-one duel with the French goalkeeper, and pauses just before the final shot, or if Eden Hazard cuts in from the left and curls his shot across Hugo Lloris, each of them will have taken expert advice on how to finesse those manoeuvres from one Thierry Henry, French legend. The difference between winning and losing came down to one dead-ball situation.
The first real opening came in the 16th minute when De Bruyne hooked the ball into the path of Hazard whose shot was just wide of Huge Lloris's far post. "It was going to be decided by whoever could find that final touch in the box or a bit of luck in front of goal". "When you play such a game against Brazil in the World Cup quarter-finals, I can tell you that it was the best game in terms of feelings and emotions".
With 10 minutes to go and time running out for Belgium, they were certainly unlucky not to win a free-kick after Olivier Giroud brings Hazard to ground but the ref waved for the match to continue.
France maintained their own set-up and tried to play on the counter as Belgium pushed forward. BBC Sports' Mark Lawrenson predicted a 2-0 win for the French.
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Following the victory, France will play the victor of tomorrow's game between England and Croatia. It's unknown how Martinez will set up his squad against France, who present a similar defensive challenge.При любом использовании материалов сайта и дочерних проектов, гиперссылка на обязательна.
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