Belgium Criticizes France After 2018 World Cup Semifinals Loss

Lynette Rowe
July 15, 2018

In retaliating to Courtois" comments, Griezmann has inadvertently criticised Chelsea's footballing philosophy under former manager Antonio Conte, rather than attacking the "keeper's own abilities between the sticks.

France have not won the World Cup since 1998 but reached the final in 2006 where they lost to Italy on penalties.

Giroud was central to coach Didier Deschamps' plans, dropping deep into midfield to start a defensive block that kept the Belgians from better utilising all the possession they had. I want the star (on the jersey).

Atletico Madrid forward Griezmann, however, maintains France will do whatever it takes to lift the World Cup for a second time in Moscow on Sunday. The World Cup final marks his 337th and last match in the role.

Croatia equalized just 10 minutes later when Ivan Perisic found space on the edge of the area to rocket a shot past France keeper Hugo Lloris.

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While Courtois said its France's right to play that way, the goalkeeper said it's not a nice thing to see.

"We know that this is the World Cup, and that we're playing in the final tomorrow", he said.

"It hurt so much to lose the Euro two years ago, but it made us learn too and we worked so hard for 55 days here". "Sometimes this criticism is unfair", Griezmann said. "His choices are paying off, and I hope it will continue". "We can not wait to bring the cup back to France".

The diminutive striker was full of bonhomie on Friday at a news conference at the team's training base outside of Moscow, joking with and teasing reporters as well as the team's veteran press officer Philippe Tournon, who retires after the tournament.

Croatia: "It will be up to the trainer as to how we play".

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