Friday, 20 July, 2018

Maturing France must stifle Lukaku and Hazard, says Varane

Roberto Martínez has led Belgium to the World Cup quarterfinals Roberto Martínez has led Belgium to the World Cup quarterfinals
Betsy Taylor | 09 July, 2018, 04:49

Romelu Lukaku has said his game is about more than just scoring goals after an outstanding performance helped Belgium to a 2-1 win over Brazil in the World Cup quarterfinals.

The 26-year-old forward, in his second World Cup, arrived with the responsibility to lead the Brazilians to the title, but the team didn't get close.

"It's freakish because he's French and will be on the opponent's bench", Deschamps said on Sunday on the French sports show Telefoot.

The 2018 World Cup knockout stages have been filled with shocks and surprises, twists and turns that are impossible to predict. unless you are Eden Hazard. Now I watch footage of him! He was a runner-up in 2006 and also competed in 2002 and 2010.

The world's most expensive player following his move from Barcelona to Paris Saint-Germain in 2017, Neymar has scored 57 goals in 90 games for Brazil since making his debut for the national side in 2010.


France's attack is spearheaded by Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud, who firmly warned Henry that he'll "be happy to show Thierry Henry that he chose the wrong camp". "Nothing justifies racism. We are with you Fernandinho". If he says something, it is always turns out to be something helpful.

The Real Madrid defender said winning the 2018 World Cup would not be easy, in a tournament where "there are no favourites" since "all the remaining teams are strong".

The victory boosted France's morale, and they followed it up with a workman-like 2-0 win over Uruguay that was impressive because of how well they managed to control the game against tricky opponents. Not in terms of player generation but in terms of approaching bigger tournaments with emphasis given mostly on total team play rather than individual stars and excellence.

Belgium face France in the semifinals on Tuesday.

"We came into this tournament as the least experienced team - we were one of the youngest teams in it", he said.

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