Belgium’s Courtois blasts France victory as ‘shame for football’

World Cup Expansive Belgium versus pragmatic France could decide the 2018 champions

Yet for all the fizz and sparkle of the attacking talents on display at St Petersburg, it was set-piece goal from centre-back Samuel Umtiti which set France on its way to a first World Cup final since 2006.

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The editor of Belgium's L'Echo was having none of the French talking down to its smaller neighbor, especially as the current Belgian team is regarded as the greatest in a generation, with the best chance ever of bringing home the cup.

Roberto Martinez's tactics played an influential part in Belgium's miraculous 3-2 comeback victory against Japan and comprehensive 2-1 victory against Brazil in the quarter-finals. After all, Sunday's title match in Moscow will give fans everywhere one more opportunity to watch Les Bleus' teenage sensation Kylian Mbappe morph into a global superstar in realtime.

However, in saying all these french words, It was the Belgium team who shook the world off its axis when they out-danced the Samba Boys in emphatic fashion.

Of course, it wasn't pretty. They have a goalkeeper of their own in fine form.

Umtiti, and particularly Raphael Varane, were excellent at the back for France. Yellow card accumulation resets in the semifinals, so players will no longer be playing in fear of being suspended for their next match.

France controlled the early tempo of the game but Belgium had more possession in the earlier stages. Martinez is not a man known for his defensive organisation but France will make him think twice and maybe thrice.


Mbappe wasn't the story of Tuesday's match.

"You don't run you don't spend any of your energetic sources, you do it in a relaxed way, you do it as part of your recovering session and you go for the set pieces and you develop the set pieces and you become really unsafe on that then that can be in this case happen in the space between of Witsel and Fellaini". Axel Witsel could assist the Tottenham defender in this regard.

The first real opening came in the 16th minute when De Bruyne hooked the ball into the path of Hazard whose shot was just wide of Huge Lloris's far post. Their form, especially Hazard's, will have Deschamps thinking of possible cover for Pavard. Even more when France proceeded to keep cool, defend with the utmost expertise and protect its lead for more than 40 minutes. "He is a living legend of French football". Blaise Matuidi replied with an effort from outside the box, but it was straight at Courtois. But on the right, Kante could be the man tasked with shackling club-mate Hazard. The spread had France at -130, while Belgium was at +110.

Chadli didn't start the tournament but has been pivotal to this Belgian team.

He said Henry had made Belgium into "a team that likes to attack".

Paul Pogba, at 25, is curbing his natural exuberance, his playground-football instincts and putting in more sober, stable performance in the midfield.

Umtiti, who was four years old when captain Zinedine Zidane lifted the World Cup in Saint-Denis, outjumped Marouane Fellaini to head Antoine Griezmann's corner past Courtois and break Belgium's resistance.

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