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Maturing France must stifle Lukaku and Hazard, says Varane

10 July 2018

Whatever the outcome of England's semi-final, the team will remain in Russian Federation at the very least until next Saturday when the Third Place Play-Off is contested - the final will be played on Sunday 15 July.

Fifa World Cup has always been dominated by the traditional powerhouses of football.

The Brazil forward's world-record switch from Barcelona to Paris Saint-Germain last August was widely viewed as an attempt to push his Ballon d'Or credentials away from Lionel Messi's considerable shadow.

France have not reached the final of a World Cup since 2006 - when they lost on penalties to Italy.

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"Maybe in the other two - the (last) World Cup and the European Championship, some players did not have the belief yet of winning it". England had a comfortable victory against Sweden in their quarterfinal match whereas Croatia had to fight with Russian Federation to win the game in penalties.

ESPN brings you the best of the numbers from Belgium's 2-1 win over Brazil in the quarterfinals of the World Cup.

The five-time world champions left the World Cup empty-handed after losing to Belgium in the quarterfinals, leaving only European teams contending for the title in Russian Federation.

Unfortunately for Brazil's Neymar his displays are still being talked about - though probably not in the way the world's most expensive player would have wished.

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Whether Fred will be available for selection come the first game of the season, though, remains to be seen. Belgium are a strong side on paper and play as a total unit.

Lukaku has netted four goals so far, while it was his surging run which allowed Kevin De Bruyne to net a crucial second in a 2-1 quarter-final victory over Brazil.

"Unfortunately our dream has been postponed, and it is very painful for all of us that after so much work and dedication on the part of each player, technical commission, and staff, there is vast pain", he wrote.

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Maturing France must stifle Lukaku and Hazard, says Varane