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For all their critics, France have moved into the last four with a minimum of fuss, ruthlessly disposing of Uruguay on Friday. "Very happy to be part of this team, I am proud of all".

Still, the change in shape did not appear to bother the tournament's top-scorers in an absorbing first half, both teams threatening a breakthrough as they refused to be overawed by the occasion.

We did not subscribe to all of this drama when we committed our time to follow the action in Russian Federation, at least not knowingly.

It's without a doubt the best opportunity for Thibaut Courtois, Kevin De Bruyne and Eden Hazard to win a major worldwide trophy.

This was supposed to be the World Cup where the greats dazzled with a string of performances that would leave fans purring and have future generations uttering their names for years to come.

In possibly the biggest win in Belgium's history, they knocked off Brazil by a 2-1 score. He is a great player with wondeful talents, but he spends most of the time in every game working out methods to cheat his way to winning free-kicks and penalties.

"To beat Brazil in a World Cup you have to believe it", Martinez said. France won by 2-0, which means that France totally out classed Uruguay.

The 25-year-old picked up an ankle injury in training prior to the tournament.

This will be the first competitive meeting between the two sides since the 1986 World Cup, when France won 4-2 in the third-place playoff. 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.

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Hazard will be key for Belgium against France, but they will also need to make sure they turn their success in duels - whether on the ground or aerial - into chances in the danger area.

The 2018 World Cup was supposed to be redemption for Neymar and Brazil.

France forward Antoine Griezmann has scored seven goals in his last six knockout stage matches in major tournaments (World Cup and EUROs).

This summer, he has managed to become Belgium's all time top scorer with 40 goals.

However, Umtiti popped up with the game's telling moment early in the second half, nodding the ball home to score his third worldwide goal.

Belgium will go on to play France in the semi-final, with the victor going on to meet one of Sweden, England, Croatia or Russian Federation.

These two have looked the best two teams in the tournament.

"We've been facing different games", Martinez added. I think for me they are an example for any young player who wants to play the game.

Gone are the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Neymar. This is his time to shine.