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Fest possible in dream France-Belgium World Cup semifinal

09 July 2018

However, Mbappe's speed has not been confirmed by any official site.

Romelu Lukaku believes Belgium will face "the best team in the tournament" when they encounter Brazil on Friday but says the Red Devils have the quality to send them crashing out.

"I think Roy took a lot of criticism for that, but he was fearless enough to put a lot of these young players in - and without that experience, we wouldn't have had a day like today because they've learned from that".

Though Brazil has yet to hit the heights on the attacking front, it and Uruguay have been the meanest defences in the competition, conceding just one goal apiece in four matches.

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"I've got no background in all the culture and diversity in Belgium", Martinez said earlier in the tournament.

"I think it's a game that when you are a little boy, you dream of being involved in a World Cup, facing Brazil in a quarterfinal", he said, "so from our point of view we can enjoy from the first second".

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"I try to create gaps for my teammates, " Giroud said.

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"We do have some good players, and they need opportunities to play". "We'll have to outdo ourselves and give our best, take each match as it comes, and see how far we can go". (EPA) Fred suffered the injury before Brazil's World Cup opener.

While other players have kept up a steady mantra of taking the tournament one game at a time, the 32-year-old defender make clear his vista was firmly focused on next Sunday's final at Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium.

With former France striker Thierry Henry as an assistant coach, Belgium has top-scored in Russian Federation, with 14 goals in its five World Cup matches.

"Even though they've not had as much game-time as they would have liked, they are as much of a reason why we are where we are".

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Giroud, naturally, would rather have Henry giving him advice but he claims the French team have a lot of respect for the 1998 World Cup victor. "I would be very proud to show Thierry that he chose the wrong camp".

Fest possible in dream France-Belgium World Cup semifinal