Published: Wed, July 11, 2018
Sports | By Brooke Harris

Didier Deschamps credits France's effort in defence for win over Belgium

Didier Deschamps credits France's effort in defence for win over Belgium

He also captained France to the final of the 2006 World Cup when he famously ended his worldwide career in a moment of madness, headbutting Italian defender Marco Materazzi and getting sent off.

Belgium is unbeaten in 24 matches and finished the group matches as one of the teams with 100% record.

"They are a really young team and so nice".

"We need to regroup and recover and see the opportunity".

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Belgium go into their semi-final against France in Saint Petersburg on Tuesday on a high after a quarter-final win over Brazil which shattered the notion that their big names are impossible to unite in one team. He has been integral to their success.

"If Southgate wins the World Cup he 100% deserves a knighthood", Ross Patrick, the man behind the idea, told the Press Association.

I expect the teams to be evenly matched, giving viewers an exciting semi-final.

Russian Federation is holding its first-ever FIFA World Cup, which kicked off in Moscow with a spectacular opening show at the Luzhniki Stadium on the night of June 14. It was like an early final.

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"The results were below the level and quality of our players".

They would have had a tough time watching this tournament as previous champions and highly-fancied sides like Brazil, Germany and Spain have all been eliminated.

Southgate also said he had not bought into much of the scaremongering about Russian Federation peddled by sections of the United Kingdom press ahead of the tournament. "Their midfield players in particular are some of the best in the world, so we know their strengths". Harry Maguire's thumping first-half header got England up and running, with Dele Alli nodding home the second, but Pickford was again the star of the show with a couple of quite brilliant saves. His excellent performances are another example of Southgate's positive coaching.

Asked what Macron said, Mbappe replied: "President Macron said that he would see us in the semifinals, and that he was going to come back to see us with the World Cup".

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