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Belgium's Courtois blasts France victory as 'shame for football'

Belgium's Courtois blasts France victory as 'shame for football'

Les Bleus are headed to the World Cup final.

Belgium's golden generation has come up short at a major tournament.

But De Bruyne's best moments came when he combined with Eden Hazard on the opposite side of the pitch to the one he was stationed on, and Belgium missed his ability to pick a pass, with striker Romelu Lukaku mostly deprived of service.

On the brink of their first ever World Cup final, Belgium were knocked out of the 2018 World Cup in the semi-final against France on Tuesday night.

It all changed when Belgium was staring down the abyss at two goals down with 21 minutes to go against Japan. We must remobilise ourselves, recover and try to finish third.

"It's their right to play like that, because they know we're having a hard time dealing with it, but it is not nice to see", the Chelsea keeper is quoted as saying by Belgian newspaper Het Nieuwsblad.

Giroud has played eight hours of World Cup football at Russian Federation 2018 and not managed a shot on target.

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Nearly as if in a state of denial, the players took their frustration out on the France side, first on the field-there were plenty of fouls, squabbles and bookings towards the end-then in their post-match comments.

This match promised to be an explosive contest and, for periods, it was.

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Like Deschamps, England coach Gareth Southgate has built his team around young players.

Indeed, this defeat brought Belgium's 24-match unbeaten run to an end. It was unexpected, and it outfoxed the Brazilians.

Imagine how much better, how much more polished France's young diamond will be at age 21, at the 2020 European Championship, or at age 23, at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, and on and on.

But Belgium midfielder Kevin de Bruyne believes there was little difference between the two sides.

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Up in the corporate seats, president Macron reacted to the goal by shaking the hand of King Philippe of Belgium as Federation Internationale de Football Association president Gianni Infantino watched on between them. However, they couldn't get past the brilliant Hugo Lloris. In truth, it was thanks to the dexterity of both goalkeepers that the score remained goalless at the break. Belgium travelled further than most thought likely when they found themselves in the tougher half of the draw.

Mbappe was in full stride once again with 13 minutes gone, prompting keeper Thibaut Courtois to race from his line to intervene after Paul Pogba had eluded Moussa Dembele and charged forward before feeding the ball into his path.

Mbappe twice turned provider.

Giroud has not scored in eight games and is yet to even have a shot on target in Russian Federation. Mbappe then set up Benjamin Pavard in the closing stages of the first half.

Once the second half got underway, there wasn't long to wait for the deadlock to be broken and, considering the amount of set-piece goals scored at Russian Federation 2018, it should not have been a surprise that the opener came from a corner.

Giroud won a corner with a deflected shot and Antoine Griezmann's delivery to the near post was met by the soaring Umtiti who powered his header past Courtois, the ball brushing the ample locks of Marouane Fellaini on its way.

As for the rest of his teammates, there is a worrying lack of belief and winning spirit, especially in the second half. He proved a distinct improvement on Marc Wilmots, who was out of his depth in successive quarter-final exits. His compatriot, however, was once again denied by Courtois. But their game intelligence dealing with Belgium's attacks, was excellent.

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