Fans of Belgium and France trash talk before big World Cup match

11 July, 2018, 03:03 | Author: Dominic Spencer
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Belgium's roster and team profile are here.

But with their King Philippe watching from the stands, there was to be no coronation.

France and Belgium are seen as the strongest teams left in the competition, which means the victor of Tuesday's match will head into the final as favourites to be crowned world champions.

'Every team plays with its strengths, our strength is playing football, and their strength is in defending and counter-attacks with (Kylian) Mbappe who is very fast, ' he continued.

"We're going into a semi-final but it just seems like it's the next step on the journey", he said. "But after five minutes, I understood why the coach asked us to do that, that's why I say that it's all thanks to the coach; it was he who created this plan and knew how to implement it".

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. We don't have the resources, the infrastructure, the money that other countries have.

"In the beginning of the match I was a bit surprised by such recommendations, and I thought to myself: if we defended against Brazil with only two players, things might get complicated".

France coach Didier Deschamps has recalled Blaise Matuidi in the only change to his lineup for the World Cup semifinal against Belgium at St. Petersburg Stadium.


However, Umtiti popped up with the game's telling moment early in the second half, nodding the ball home to score his third global goal.

It had been suggested that France needed to step up a level in quality if they were to get past the Belgians and they did just that.

"He played man-to-man against Kolarov and devoured him, defensively and offensively, " Wilmots told the Associated Press in an interview before the World Cup.

"This is the only one [picture] going", he said.

"It's a group of people who share a vision of making Belgian football proud and achieving something important and these players have done that". It allows the country to be more ambitious and believe in its own talent.

"Kevin De Bruyne is a modern playmaker in the fact that he goes even quicker than what you can see, " Martinez said.

"As it happens in any big tournament, you need to look at the younger generations and try to become stronger", he said. "From tournament to tournament, that's the drive and the ambition".

RTBF is airing the World Cup in Belgium, where the main supermarket chain there, Delhaize, is closing an hour early tonight so its employees can watch the 8 PM game.

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