Published: Mon, July 16, 2018
Sport | By Stuart Potter

Eden Hazard Reacts Badly When Asked About France's Victory

Eden Hazard Reacts Badly When Asked About France's Victory

Belgium lost 1-0 to France on Tuesday night in St Petersburg in the first semi-final of the tournament.

These were neighbors of contrasting World Cup pedigrees, meeting for a 74th time and the chance to play on the grandest stage of all.

From Griezmann's corner, Umtiti beat Marouane Fellaini at the near post and powered a header home to put France ahead. "He has grown in the team, he's an expressive player and his performance only increases his importance to the side".

France went through a challenging road to the final, starting with a 2-1 problematic win against Australia in Group C's opener. "The mental side is very important and if you want success you need strong basics, especially defensively because when you defend well, you have more chance to win".

"I think we are quite complete as a team", the Tottenham Hotspur goalkeeper said.

France coach Didier Deschamps celebrates with Samuel Umtiti at the end of the match.

Belgium had long periods of sustained pressure and forced France onto the back-foot for much of the game.

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For the generation of Hazard, De Bruyne and Romelu Lukaku, beating Brazil in the quarter-finals was meant to be the breakthrough on route to winning a major tournament.

"This team is nowhere near the level they're going to be capable of, partly because of their age and partly because over the next few years, with us and with their clubs, they're going to have more and more big-match experiences". They worked in '98 and we worked today, we reached out target to get to the final.

Eden Hazard blasted France for their negative tactics after Belgium were knocked out of the World Cup in the semi-finals. I thought we were growing into the game when we conceded the goal from the corner.

Aside from being the match victor, Umtiti had a tight partnership with Raphael Varane in central defence.

In scenes reminiscent of France's 1998 World Cup win, delirious crowds surged up the Champs-Elysees avenue and surrounded the Arc de Triomphe, waving flags and letting off flares. His first touch was after 10 seconds and, after receiving the ball on the right wing, he sped past Jan Vertonghen and then Mousa Dembele in a thrilling run.

De Bruyne cuts a dejected figure.

At 19, Mbappe wasn't even born when France won the World Cup for the first and only time with a squad that is just as diverse as the one Deschamps is leading 20 years later.

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