Martinez ‘the proudest man on earth’ after Belgium stun Brazil

08 July, 2018, 04:11 | Author: Brenda Erickson
  • Uruguay's Edinson Cavani right was helped from the field by Cristiano Ronaldo left when he was hurt during Saturday's match. Juan Herrero  EPA

Kylian Mbappe thanked Didier Deschamps for his trust as he revealed the France boss shared a private word about his actions in the World Cup quarter-final win over Uruguay.

Here's all the talking points from the 23rd day of this summer's World Cup.

France will play Belgium in the World Cup semi-final after their 2-0 victory against Uruguay.

Goals either side of half-time from Raphael Varane and Antoine Griezmann secured France's place in the final four in Russian Federation.

That doesn't mean they have a poor record against South American sides however, as Friday's win against Uruguay means the French have not lost (6 wins and 4 draws) in their last 10 games against South American opposition; a run going back to Argentina 1978.

"They did incredible. There were wonderful hearts out there". There were awesome hearts out there.

His ability on the ball, strength in the air and deceptive pace are all praised by Thompson, who thinks he'd fit manager Jurgen Klopp's style of play perfectly. We were up against an excellent Uruguayan side, but we were better than they were today. You can see our lack of experience sometimes, but we have so many qualities too. "We have a clear idea of what we want to do in attack and we want to able to implement all of this".

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Speaking after the game, captain Harry Kane said: "I thought we were fantastic today, Sweden made it very hard ". We've scored set-play goals because of him up to this point and he's got the one he deserves".

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The system is forecast to move slowly northwestward and could meander or stall near the North Carolina coast over the weekend. It was located 1,045 miles east-southeast of the Lesser Antilles on Friday morning and was moving west at 15 mph.

It just had to be De Bruyne's strike.

In a Kazan Arena expected to be awash with yellow-clad Brazil fans, Belgian trio Eden Hazard, Romelu Lukaku and Kevin De Bruyne have a chance to prove they can cut it at the highest worldwide level after so many disappointments. A goal that shook an entire nation.

However he has failed to convince everyone about his affinity with Uruguay.

Millions of football fans will be gripped to their televisions on Saturday as England look to secure their first World Cup semi-final in 28 years.

The English relinquished possession early on, allowing Sweden to shape the match and establish their dominance. "He doesn't know what we have to do to succeed in football", he said. "We have to admit it and congratulate them".

Gareth Southgate's men pride themselves on hard work and togetherness, facets missing from recent generations of England teams, and such commitment and unity has helped the team reconnect with its public following years of disappointing displays at major tournaments.

Ronaldo and Messi have dominated world football for over a decade, winning every Ballon d'Or since 2008, although both players exited the World Cup at the round of 16.

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