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Published: Mon, July 16, 2018
Sport | By Billy Aguilar

Martinez: Belgium Beaten By A Bit Of French Luck

Martinez: Belgium Beaten By A Bit Of French Luck

Umtiti's goal secured France the first spot in the 2018 World Cup finals.

Henry, unlike Deschamps and other former French internationals, was not asked to be part of the France coaching set-up - Belgium, and Martinez, came to him first.

"France have played anti-football".

"Vive la France! Vive la Republique!" He has combined superbly with Antoine Griezmann.

"That was not the case but, once again, I am confident in my chances to score in the final and help bring back the World Cup".

For France, losing in the 2016 European Championships final to Portugal in Paris has provided added motivation.

Chelsea attacker Eden Hazard has thrown a jibe at France following Belgium's ouster at the semifinal stage of this year's FIFA World Cup in Russian Federation. Zidane was sent off in what was his final match.

"They did this during all the tournament, against Uruguay, they scored from a set piece, it's a shame to see that".

"We have to give a lot of credit to the way France defended, even having certain attacking players defending very deep and giving us a lot of respect in that way".

"France heads a corner and does nothing more than defend".

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Hazard was risky again moments later when he cut in from the left and unleashed a rasping drive which clipped off the back of Raphael Varane and just over the bar. Varane, in particular, was outstanding.

Deschamps now has the chance to become the third person to win the World Cup as a player and a coach, after German great Franz Beckenbauer and Brazil's Mario Zagallo.

He is now trying to minimise potential distractions as his young team prepare to take the next step in their bid to repeat their World Cup triumph at home 52 years ago.

Yet while Hazard - Belgium's captain - faded after a strong opening 30 minutes, Mbappe was a constant threat. Lukaku had just 22 touches of the ball.

"It was very hard to accept what happened two years ago, and we do not want it to happen again".

"It was a dead ball situation which was the difference", Martinez told reporters after the game.

"I think today is a game that was very tight and there were not many big moments that were going to decide the game".

Germany is in disarray, searching for scapegoats and answers, after the 2014 World Cup champion exited lamely from the group stage this time.

Former Baywatch actress Pamela Anderson, who is the partner of France defender Adil Rami, also was present.

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