France vs Belgium: French supporters are confident

10 July, 2018, 23:31 | Author: Cecil Buchanan
  • Hugo Lloris will come up against a number of his Tottenham team-mates when France take on Belgium

While World Cup fever builds at home, England are avoiding the hype as Gareth Southgate prepares his team in their tranquil base near Saint Petersburg for their first semi-final since 1990. That was the last competitive match between the two countries but there have been eight worldwide friendlies since.

The French have had the Belgians number on the three times they have met in major tournaments.

'He is our missing piece, ' said Martinez on Monday. "We've been confident from the start and we're not asking any questions of ourselves".

Coach Didier Deschamps, who was captain when France won the 1998 World Cup and the 2000 European Championship, has instilled a steely mentality.

"He motivates the troops with strong words", Pavard said. We know there are going to be hard moments, and we'll have to be ready to suffer. It signalled the blossoming of the defensive duo of Raphael Varane and Samuel Umtiti, who had managed to keep Luis Suarez and co at bay with rock-solid display at the back. The pair, both 22, have only 20 global appearances between them but are playing with good composure.

Handed the armband by Roberto Martinez despite Vincent Kompany's return from injury, the Spaniard has drawn out Hazard's leadership qualities. Belgium came from behind to beat Japan 3-2 in the Round of 16 and then outlasted Brazil in the Quarterfinals on Friday to advance to this stage. "At the time, there wasn't the jersey of Belgium, that's why we wore the one of France".

Belgium threw everything they could muster at the French but were unable to really test Lloris, aside from one speculative long range effort from Axel Witsel.

"Kevin De Bruyne is a modern playmaker in the fact that he goes even quicker than what you can see, " Martinez said.

Brussels to become fortress during intensive NATO summit, World Cup security
The two sides will meet on Tuesday to decide who plays in July 15's World Cup final. The quarterfinals witnessed the ouster of Uruguay, Brazil , Russia and Sweden.


Kenedy agrees to rejoin Newcastle on season-long loan
The Daily Mail report Chelsea are keen to allow Kenedy more first-team opportunities and Newcastle can provide that opportunity. He has made just five Premier League starts for Chelsea since moving to Stamford Bridge from Fluminense three years ago.


'Racist' woman 'battered Mexican man, 92, with concrete block'
Rodolfo Rodriguez, a Mexican national who was visiting family, said he was attacked as he was taking a walk on the Fourth of July. Though the initial goal for the GoFundMe was $15,000, the campaign has already surpassed $43,000 and is trending on the site.


Martinez's tactics have stood out, too.

Since Le Bleus' title success at the 1998 World Cup on home soil, Le Bleus are yet to have their hands on the title, though they came close at the 2006 edition but missed out in a dramatic penalty shootout against eventual victor Italy. Marouane Fellaini, who has oft-partnered Pogba in the United midfield, will now be looking to stop the powerful Frenchman. The likes of Eden Hazard, Toby Alderweireld and Kevin De Bruyne are all regarded as near the best in the world in their respective positions.

"Quite simply, I think Belgium is the most complete side in the tournament, in all aspects of the game. He is there to learn", Giroud said. "The best is Hugo". That's really anxious me for Belgium because they were exposed by Japan. The PSG right-back received his second yellow card against Brazil.

Belgium enjoyed the majority of possession in the opening exchanges and almost drew first blood in the 15th minute when Eden Hazard flashed his shot across goal after Kevin de Bruyne's inventive flick had presented the Chelsea winger with a sight of goal. Because of his quick feet, change of direction and exquisite close control, he is hard to tackle and this often draws a foul. While France may not have set the world alight, the former Marseille manager's team have conceded a mere four goals in five matches.

ST PETERSBURG: France's Antoine Griezmann (front) and team-mates practise on Monday at the St Petersburg Stadium. "I pity him", he said. "It's my unselfish side".

Veteran striker Olivier Giroud hasn't scored yet in the tournament but needs one goal to move ahead of Zinedine Zidane into outright fourth spot on France's all-time list. They are tied on fourth overall with 31.

In six seasons in England, Hazard has won two more league titles and won plenty of admirers. Henry did not play in the 3-0 final victory for Les Bleus over Brazil.

Recommended:

  • Durbin plans tough questions for any Supreme Court nominee

    Durbin plans tough questions for any Supreme Court nominee

    He recently voiced disagreement with a court decision allowing an undocumented teenage immigrant to get an abortion. In a later tweet he said he was looking forward to the Monday night announcement of his "exceptional" pick.
    Duke and Duchess of Cambridge announce six godparents for Prince Louis

    Duke and Duchess of Cambridge announce six godparents for Prince Louis

    They may be Royals, but at the end of the day Prince George and Princess Charlotte are just children - as they demonstrated today. Princess Charlotte had a sassy message for photographers as she left her brother's christening on Monday: "You're not coming".
    Croatia fear England's Sterling in semi

    Croatia fear England's Sterling in semi

    This will be a much harder match for England than their previous games, with Croatia's dynamic midfield as well at the back. Croatia coach Zlatko Dalic has said his side can cope with Harry Kane in Wednesday's World Cup semi-final against England .
  • William Dunlop Killed In Crash At Skerries 100 Road Races

    William Dunlop Killed In Crash At Skerries 100 Road Races

    Philip McGuigan, a Sinn Fein member of the Northern Ireland Assembly for North Antrim, expressed his condolences. He said: This is a bad tragedy and my thoughts and prayers are with the Dunlop family at this hard time.
    Queen absent from christening of Prince Louis

    Queen absent from christening of Prince Louis

    His Royal Highness Prince Louis of Cambridge is fifth in line to the throne, and the sixth great-grandchild of Queen Elizabeth . Prince Louis , the youngest son of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge , has been christened in a private ceremony.
    Paris Saint-Germain 'eye £240m Philippe Coutinho swoop'

    Paris Saint-Germain 'eye £240m Philippe Coutinho swoop'

    Paris Saint-Germain are reportedly considering a world-record £240m bid for Barcelona midfielder Philippe Coutinho this summer. PSG remain at the centre of an investigation by UEFA after they spent nearly £400m on Neymar and Kylian Mbappe last summer.
  • Justin Bieber 'engaged to Hailey Baldwin'

    Justin Bieber 'engaged to Hailey Baldwin'

    The post was captioned: "well my friend just met justin bieber and hailey baldwin in the bahamas and she is wearing a ring". Dating rumors started to fly in 2014, but Bieber shut down speculation with a photo captioned: " People are insane .
    Belgium star Hazard: I used to support France growing up

    Belgium star Hazard: I used to support France growing up

    Marouane Fellaini , who has oft-partnered Pogba in the United midfield, will now be looking to stop the powerful Frenchman. This fixture is one of the matches that could easily have been the "Final" of this 2018 World Cup in Russian Federation .
    Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo enjoys holiday amid Juventus links

    Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo enjoys holiday amid Juventus links

    Ronaldo will reunite with former Madrid teammate Gonzalo Higuain with whom he forged a strong partnership between 2009 and 2013. Neymar and Eden Hazard top the list, but Paris St-Germain and Chelsea are reluctant to do business.
  • Watch Divers Test Elon Musk's Submarine for the Thai Cave Rescue Mission

    Watch Divers Test Elon Musk's Submarine for the Thai Cave Rescue Mission

    On Friday, officials warned that oxygen levels in the cave dropped from 21% to 15%, further complicating rescue efforts. But bringing out the remaining four boys and their coach could take more than one operation, Narongsak warned.
    Trump pardons ranchers in case that inspired 2016 occupation

    Trump pardons ranchers in case that inspired 2016 occupation

    Most of the protesters at the Malheur site were acquitted of charges the government brought against them. The federal sentencing of Dwight and Steven Hammond for arson sparked the anti-government occupation.
    'We do not agree' on Brexit plan with outgoing ministers: May

    'We do not agree' on Brexit plan with outgoing ministers: May

    Sky Sources confirmed that Johnson repeatedly used the phrase at the away day at Chequers, the prime minister's country retreat. May said that was the "only way to avoid a hard border" between the U.K.'s Northern Ireland and European Union member Ireland.


Popular

Cristiano Ronaldo agrees to join Juventus
Real Madrid has won my heart and that of my family and it is because of that, now more than ever, I would like to say thank you. He is also a five-time world player of the year, a record he shares with his eternal rival, Argentine talisman Lionel Messi .

Green Day's 'American Idiot' climbs British charts ahead of Donald Trump visit
After Trump's "working visit" - as opposed to a formal state visit - was announced in April, the effort went into overdrive. The president is scheduled to meet with British Prime Minister Theresa May and Queen Elizabeth during his visit.

Former Juventus & Italy Boss Claims Gianluigi Buffon Should Have Retired in Turin
The 40-year-old 2006 World Cup victor joins the big-spending Parisian side days after his contract with Juventus ended in June. He would become the first signing under the new PSG manager, Thomas Tuchel, who replaced now-Arsenal boss Unai Emery.

'Appreciate your allies, you don't have many:' EU's Tusk to Trump
Trump's weeklong trip to Europe will continue with a stop in Scotland before ending with a sit-down in Helsinki with Putin. "America does not have and will not have a better ally than Europe today", Tusk said .

Dissident Liu Xiaobo's widow 'allowed to leave China'
He had been sentenced to 11 years in prison on charges of inciting subversion of state power. We hope that she is en route to freedom and hopefully a more peaceful life.

Health Care Primer: The Sabotage And Retaliation Edition
The White House supported two attempts in Congress past year to repeal the program, which insures about 20 million Americans. While imperfect, the risk adjustment program "has helped promote market stability over the past five years", Wehrle said.

Fire likely cause of 2016 EgyptAir crash: French…
Two days after the crash in May 2016, the flight data recorder "confirmed the presence of smoke on board", according to the BBC. The Egyptian public prosecutor's office, for its part, said it was in "total cooperation with the French investigators".

Manchester United Agree Terms With £53m Brazilian Star
But that being said , Juventus have remained stubborn on their £53 million asking price for their prized defender. It would be disappointing for us to lose out on the star should he really be sold this season.

George Clooney 'has been injured in a bike accident in Sardinia'
George Clooney was taken to hospital for treatment after a motorcycle accident in Sardinia, Italian media has reported. The daily newspaper said the 57-year-old Clooney had been headed to a film set when his motorbike was hit by a auto .

Boris Johnson quits as UK's May faces mounting Brexit crisis
The Times, Mail and the Telegraph all splash with headlines quoting Johnson's warning that the "Brexit dream is dying". But furious lawmakers warned that she could split her Conservative Party trying to get her plan through Parliament.