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France engineered the more threatening opportunities in stoppage time, using counterattacks to force saves from Courtois on Griezmann in the 93rd minute and Corentin Tolisso in the 96th minute, the latter of which went out for a corner and helped France bleed the clock dry.

Les Bleus beat Uruguay 2-0 in their quarterfinal to set up the last-four clash against neighbors Belgium, who beat Brazil 2-1 in their quarterfinal.

Another talented filled fixture between two World Cup favourites, France and Belgium.

Belgium's haul of 14 goals is the most at this stage of a World Cup since 2002, when eventual winners Brazil had 15. He said after that match that there he was disappointed that they were done in by a set-piece.

France came through their quarter-final unscathed, and Deschamps has his entire squad to choose from, while Belgium are only slightly worse off.

"We have shown that we have a very nice team", he said.

It is quite obvious that Martinez will use Chadli to mitigate any threat posed by him and hence it might prove to be a hard game for Mbappe and France.

"If you are looking for 5-0, don't come to a World Cup, you won't get this", he said.

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Mbappe, Hazard and Neymar were identified as the most likely targets and after his performance in the World Cup semi-final, the exceptional French youngster seems like the ideal fit for Ronaldo's shoes.

Speaking to the BBC after the defeat, boss Roberto Martinez was slightly more pragmatic about the exit and focused on his side finishing with a flourish in Saturday's third-placed play-off.

The Belgians have won all five of their matches in Russian Federation, scoring 14 goals and leaving Brazil and Japan by the wayside.

Belgium threatened down the flanks and Eden Hazard put in a risky cross which was turned behind by Umtiti - though the resulting corner was wasted by Nacer Chadli, playing in an unfamiliar right-back role.

Antoine Griezmann has been directly involved in 20 goals in his last 20 competitive games for France (12 goals, eight assists).

Here are all the talking points from the 27th day of this summer's World Cup.

France maintained their own set-up and tried to play on the counter as Belgium pushed forward.

Belgium fans were left fuming during their World Cup semi-final loss to France when a blatant foul on Eden Hazard went unpunished. "It was going to be decided by whoever could find that final touch in the box or a bit of luck in front of goal". Therefore, we could easily witness more than 2.5 goals scored.

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