Belgium captain Eden Hazard and goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois have hit out at France after their 1-0 loss in the semi-finals of the 2018 World Cup, branding them an 'anti-football' team.
Les Bleus played on the counter-attack and despite creating a few chances, chose to focus on defending well and keeping the Belgian side at bay. Samuel Umtiti's header from a corner gave them the all-important goal and gave them the win.
After the game, talking to Het Nieuwsblad, as per The Guardian, Hazard said, "I prefer to lose with this Belgiumthan win with this France. But they do defend strongly and are very efficient. We have not found their weak point. That little moment of magic needed to score was not there.”
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Courtois, also chipped in, saying, as reported by Sporwa, "France heads a corner and does nothing more than defend. I would have preferred to have lost in the quarter-finals to Brazil, at least that was a team that wanted to play football. [France] are just an anti-football team.”
The result left the Red Devils contemplating what went wrong as they wait for the third place match against the losers of the second semi-final between England and Croatia. France, on the other hand, move on to their first World Cup final since 2006.
Reflecting on the World Cup, Chelsea talisman Eden Hazard added, "We have seen a fantastic Belgian team and have been eliminated by a team that was more solid than us. We can be proud of what we have achieved. As a captain, I am happy to be part of this team.”