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France vs Belgium: A 'Final Quality' Match

11 July 2018

France and Belgium have met a staggering 73 times, their first meeting having been a 3-3 draw in 1904.

"I think England is fresher, has younger players, had a easy group phase, where they play two easy match and the match against Belgium they change every player".

Didier Deschamps' men ended the opening period on top, but again Olivier Giroud looked short of confidence as the focal point of the French attack.

"But he did know that, from the time he was joining the management team and becoming assistant to Martinez, that this could happen".

It was as though an already thrilling tournament went to an even greater level.

Martinez' men are the only side to have won all of their games in 90 minutes in Russian Federation and are the tournament's top scorers with 14 goals.

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

"My role for the team is to create opportunities and to give passes that my forward teammates can use to make the difference, " he said.

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France advanced to the final of the 2018 World Cup with a 1-0 victory over Belgium on Tuesday, which means Les Bleus will need an opponent for Sunday's world champion-crowing clash in Moscow, Russia.

However, the Manchester United boss singled out Pogba, his charge at Old Trafford, for particular praise, heralding the player's "mature" performance but also criticizing numerous Belgian players for "hiding" on the biggest stage. Understand in football that one team wins and the other one loses but if you are going to lose in anyway do it as my players did it, giving everything and always to the last second. "That's the quality that he has".

Courtois, speaking in defeat, tried to pay tribute to the style of the French but accepted the more attractive style of play was not rewarded with the win. Will they do something similar against us?

Oleffe would only say: "For me honestly, the best team must win, nothing else".

France have no such selection issues and are nearly certain to stick with Stuttgart's Benjamin Pavard at right back after a string of impressive displays from the 22-year-old have made him one of the tournament's stand-out defenders. France beat Argentina in the round of 16, and then topped Uruguay to reach the World Cup 2018 semifinals, while Belgium scored victories over Japan and soccer powerhouse Brazil-resulting in today's showdown with its European neighbor, France.

In 29 matches for France, both in the underage sides and the seniors, Pavard has not lost a game. "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".

England face Croatia on Wednesday in the Luzhniki, seeking to reach their first World Cup final since 1966 against a background of near hysteria at home.

France vs Belgium: A 'Final Quality' Match