Belgian sights set firmly on World Cup glory

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They may have just booked their place in the World Cup semi-finals, but Thierry Henry and Eden Hazard were quickly on hand to comfort Neymar after Belgium beat Brazil. I think the Belgian team is the most exhaustive team in all aspects of the game during this tournament - they are strong everywhere.

Le Journal du Dimanche devoted six pages to the Franco-Belgian friendship and rivalry - this time with an excerpt from an Asterix comic book on its front page, while sports daily L'Equipe twisted Tintin's "Destination Moon" to feature French and Belgian players. In the [Argentina] match he made an assist for Mbappé and we need this sort of supporting play. We know there are going to be hard moments, and we'll have to be ready to suffer.

France may be heading to the World Cup final, but Olivier Giroud is still making unwanted history in front of goal.

Kevin De Bruyne has praised Belgium boss Roberto Martinez for instilling the belief in his team that they can win the World Cup.

"It has been a few years since he said what he said about me".

He remains the only Nigerian involved at such high level of operation at the FIFA World Cup. Because our ambition is winning that final.

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Not particularly noticeable during games, Henry is rarely seen next to Martinez or his No 2 Graham Jones in the technical area. Belgium enters with its much-lauded "golden generation" but a spotty history of missed tournaments and early exits.

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This summer's edition of Les Bleus is composed of players who know France as a country that can win. Whereas France has won 24 matches.

After a pair of the quarterfinal matches played on July 6, team France enjoyed a confident defeat of 2-0 over Uruguay in the city of Nizhny Novgorod, while Belgium went for 2-1 win over the legendary Brazilian team in the city of Kazan.

His robust presence at centre-forward has helped to unleash the lavish gifts of Antoine Griezmann and Kylian Mbappe - most notably when the latter tore Argentina apart with a virtuoso display. Pele hit a hat-trick against France in the semi-final of that tournament and is the last player under 20 to score in the final four.

This is going to be a cracker!

In 2002, the team lost to Senegal in the opening match.

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