"I feel ill", said Denis Backaert, 34, after watching France prevail 1-0 in the tightest of semi-finals between two quality teams in St Petersburg. "France are used to these big games but we coped with that side really well". "[France] President Emmanuel Macron came down to see us". Belgium, ranked third globally by Fifa, has played in 13 editions of the Fifa World Cup.
"Gutted to lose in the semi-finals. And in my role I've got the eyes into Euro 2020 so it's not the right moment to make an assessment (about the team's performance in World Cup) just yet". After winning Group D, Croatia beat Denmark and Russian Federation in penalty kicks to get to this point, while England knocked out Colombia in the round of 16 in penalties before taking down Sweden in the quarterfinals.
Belgium will play the loser of England v Croatia in Saturday's third/fourth place play-off.
France booked their spot in the final after a narrow 1-0 win over Belgium, as defender Samuel Umtiti headed in the vital goal.
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The "Wild Boars" soccer team, aged between 11 and 16, and their 25-year-old coach became trapped on June 23 while exploring the cave complex in the northern province of Chiang Rai when a rainy season downpour flooded the tunnels.
Deschamps, who is aiming to join Germany's Franz Beckenbauer and Brazil's Mario Zagallo as the only men to have won the World Cup as both a player and a manager, added: "We had to take advantage a bit more in the counter attacks. but congratulations to my players and my staff".
At full time, the party continued, France having inflicted pain on a talented generation of Belgian most talented players.
Giroud, 31, kept his starting spot for France in the semi-final clash and has started five of his nation's six matches in the tournament so far.
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