Published: Tue, July 10, 2018
Sport | By Wendy Sparks

Antoine Griezmann aiming high as France show different styles

Antoine Griezmann aiming high as France show different styles

Two first-half goals were enough for Belgium to hold on for a famous 2-1 quarterfinal victory over Brazil at the World Cup on Friday, setting up an all-European final-four matchup with France. They now await the victor of Croatia and hosts Russian Federation, and can look ahead to the possibility of either France or Belgium in the final.

"That will be a fight to get to the first ball".

With an average age of 26, France have the second youngest 23-man World Cup squad - alongside England - behind Nigeria.

"The group phase was tough but many other big teams weren't successful even though they were big teams".

"Of course we want to win and we're going to try to win". "Raphael has a lot of confidence from playing so many games at a high level with Real Madrid". "We can't take this match as a point of reference that contradicts everything we've been doing", he added. "For me, there has to be another way".

England and Belgium to win
Brazil, Uruguay, Russia, and Sweden were all sent packing in the quarter-finals. "And if it's France I think they'll win it". I find it impossible how Croatia can play back-to-back extra time and penalties, and then come again. "Mr.


Brazil's frailty in the air was once again on show early. "They were the best team today and we have to accept that", Andersson told reporters post the match.

No-one in the French camp is under any illusions that Uruguay will give them the acres of space they enjoyed against the disorganised Argentinian defence. Another pointer that Uruguay was well beaten is their central defender Jose Gimenez openly crying with three minutes of normal time still yet to play.

The Paris Saint-Germain striker resumed team training on Thursday following a hamstring injury he suffered in the 2-1 last-16 win over Portugal.

The forward also noted the absence of Edinson Cavani in the match against France, a "different" player not only for his goals but also for the "concern" he causes rival teams.

"We've achieved something that is very lovely and it is not easy because you have 10 to 15 teams coming here to win", said De Bruyne, who was asked to play in a more unfamiliar, deeper midfield role in this match.

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IT was just 20 days before France's comprehensive quarter-final victory over Uruguay that Les Bleus took to the field to begin their 2018 World Cup campaign against Australia.

"Of course, if he could have scored, it would have been good but he has always had an important role for us - he is always extremely generous and he does not complain when it comes to working hard".

He had 11 saves and had allowed only one goal in four World Cup matches in Russian Federation. The diplomatic boycott imposed over a nerve agent attack in southwest England is back in the spotlight after a new case of exposure to the same poison in the same area.

Saturday sees four fellow European nations bid to join them in the last four, as England meet Sweden in Samara before hosts Russian Federation take on Croatia in Sochi.

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Vida is a key player for Croatia and has become even more so with Sime Vrsaljko doubtful for Wednesday's game with a knee problem. Their one defeat came against Belgium in their final group game, in a match between two essentially reserve sides.


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