Published: Sat, July 07, 2018
Sport | By Stuart Potter

France into World Cup semi as Brazil prepare for Belgium test

France into World Cup semi as Brazil prepare for Belgium test

Tite threw on Liverpool forward Roberto Firmino for Willian at half-time and the famous yellow shirts poured forward in increasing desperation, only to find an impenetrable wall at the back.

The respective winners of Group A and Group C will meet at Nizhny Novgorod Stadium, with a chance to meet either Brazil or Belgium in the semifinals.

But the Selecao were stunned by the first European side to qualify for this world cup - the Red Devils of Belgium.

"It's a heavy, bitter feeling". "I believe in being thorough in all preparations, so we have prepared how to deal with extra time or a penalty shootout: we know who is going to take penalties".

Earlier, France became the first nation to book their place in the semi-finals, making an ominous statement of intent in easing past Uruguay 2-0.

Asked if the Paris Saint-Germain striker would start in the eagerly anticipated last-eight clash in Niznhy Novgorod‚ Tabarez said: "I think we have given enough information about Cavani's injury".

Griezmann's shot was straight at Muslera, but the keeper couldn't hold it and it looped into the net. France goalkeeper Hugo Lloris dived to his right and got a hand on a header from Martin Caceres, pushing it just wide of the goal.

Didier Deschamps's team doubled their lead in the 61st minute when Muslera made a awful error, failing to parry a speculative shot from Griezmann and watching in horror as it looped across his goalline.

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France overran Argentina in a last-16 match that appeared to signal the passing of a torch to a new generation of superstars, as 19-year-old Mbappe scored twice to outshine Lionel Messi and dump the 2014 finalists out of the competition.

"They are probably the dirtiest team I have ever come up against", he said. "We'll see how they play". "Our players have been incredibly loyal to that and that's why we are here today".

"Normally the other teams have better players on paper".

Sweden will face England in the first game on Saturday while host nation Russian Federation face Croatia.

"We want to keep making that history", he added.

Written off as no-hopers before the tournament, Russian Federation are now within reach of their first World Cup semi-final since 1966.

Ex-England boss Sven-Goran Eriksson has warned the Three Lions not to underestimate their World Cup quarter-final opponents Sweden.

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