The pain of loss to Belgium very great, says Neymar

The pain of loss to Belgium very great, says Neymar

"It is freaky to have Thierry against us in this match", Giroud said.

Lukaku has scored four goals in three games for Belgium at the tournament and has performed at a high standard in every one of those appearances.

By the time Qatar 2022 arrives it will have been 20 years since a non-European nation won the World Cup but Tabarez maintains the persistent achievements of sides such as his own should be applauded.

Brazil's Neymar had a chance to stamp his mark as soccer's next best player in Russian Federation, but he'll be remembered more for his theatrics at this World Cup. He does many things and it is the players around him who benefit.

Thierry Henry is now working as Roberto Martínez's assistant manager with Belgium, who will play France in a World Cup semi-final on Tuesday night.

"We haven't won the World Cup".

Thomas Vermaelen also spoke with the media at a news conference on Sunday and is expecting a hard match against the French. The France match will be one of the biggest in my career.

After that Brazil fell apart, losing the semi final to Germany 7-1 and then the third place play-off to Netherlands as well.

"He's been very close (to Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo) for a few years now, but you can't be doing that", Foster said.

When the tournament began, not many people predicted a final four consisting of France (No. 7 in Federation Internationale de Football Association rankings), Belgium (No. 3), England (No. 12) and Croatia (No. 20).

Les Bleus are quite happy to sit back and concede possession when they need to and some of their best moments came when lanky midfielder Paul Pogba drove forward in his gazelle-like style to serve his strikers.

Lukaku is now a key member of the Belgian World Cup squad, which secured an impressive 2-1 quarter-final win over pre-tournament favourites Brazil on Friday to win a place in the semi-final, where they will face a tough encounter against France.

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