France v Belgium Match Report, 10/07/2018, World Cup

11 July 2018, 12:49 | Kristine Mills

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Belgium pushed hard for an equaliser but Roberto Martinez watched on as his team suffered their first defeat in 25 outings, ending their hopes of winning the tournament for the first time in history as their so-called golden generation came up short.

Vincent Kompany, Kevin De Bruyne, Fabian Delph, Kyle Walker, John Stones, Raheem Sterling and Benjamin Mendy will all keep the sly blue flag flying in the World Cup semi-finals.

Belgium's shape-shifting also leaves Deschamps guessing as to how Belgium will set up in another match it won't be fovoured to win. "He has qualities that are out of the ordinary".

"I think Madrid have interest in him, but I do not know about any offers or any potential bids but it would be almost impossible to sign a player who can sell a lot like him". He succeeded Carlos Dunga in 2016 and guided Brazil to a comfortable World Cup qualification. "I would like to thank everyone at Shakhtar Donetsk for everything they have done for me over the past five years". They care about being ambassadors of Belgian football. "I can't answer that question right now".

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With the semifinals looming, the answers to those questions can already be answered with an emphatic no because Russian Federation 2018 has been a tournament where the collective has outshone any individual.

Belgium will go on to play France in the semi-final, with the victor going on to meet one of Sweden, England, Croatia or Russian Federation. South Korea defeating Germany, Russia defeating Spain and Japan taking a 2-0 lead against Belgium proved that no team could be under estimated.

"In general and physical terms, the team flew". The graphic above from our favorite stat producer 11tegen11 shows a number of good chances for Brazil indicated by larger green dots and slim pickings for Belgium who relied on a wonder-strike from De Bruyne for what turned out to be the victor. In football it only matters how many goals you have scored. "I need to contribute". At least the platform is there and they have the ideal players to execute a plan which wins duels to win games.

The coach has great support among fans back home despite the loss, and reports say the soccer federation wants him to stay for another World Cup cycle.



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