Eden Hazard slams France after Beglium defeat

N'Golo Kante France World Cup 2018

Le Blues should have been ahead five minutes before the break when Mbappe slipped Pavard through on goal but Belgium goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois produced a stunning save to deny the full-back from close range.

Along with the French and Gabonese presidents and the king and queen of Belgium, there was rock "n" roll royalty watching the game.

Fellaini flashed a header just wide and Axel Witsel forced a good save out of Lloris as Belgium pushed forward for an equalizer and France hung on in six minutes of stoppage-time to reach their third World Cup final.

He said: 'Have I been annoyed by France?

Instead of a trip to Moscow, Belgium will return to St. Petersburg for the third-place match.

France overcame two South American teams in the form of Argentina and Uruguay in the knockout stages to reach the semi-finals while Belgium came from behind to beat Japan before getting a famous win over Brazil to get to this stage.

The match opened up towards the hour-mark as France were finding big spaces left behind by Belgium who were eager to find the equaliser.

"I hope that I'll stay undefeated through 31 games and that we'll lift this cup", said the defender, who has been linked with Bayern Munich in recent days. But De Bruyne volleyed over.

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There is no question we are about to witness a very open game. We don't have the resources, the infrastructure, the money that other countries have.

"Finals have to be won because we have still not got over the one we lost two years ago", he added.

However, Umtiti popped up with the game's telling moment early in the second half, nodding the ball home to score his third worldwide goal. "When you play such a game against Brazil in the World Cup quarter-finals, I can tell you that it was the best game in terms of feelings and emotions".

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

Heroes These are two teams who are right at the peak of their powers, making it an utter joy to watch them go at one another this morning. "I think his heart will be split tomorrow because before anything he remains French". It allows the country to be more ambitious and believe in its own talent. "We have never seen this [quick development] in modern football".

Martinez didn't talk about the end of an era, but he was already looking to the future after the match. "From tournament to tournament, that's the drive and the ambition".

With Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Neymar no longer in Russia, Eden Hazard and Mbappe have taken over as the stars of the World Cup and there was a buzz every time either got the ball.

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