Belgium's golden generation falls short at another major tournament

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France and Belgium are seen as the strongest teams left in the competition, which means the victor of Tuesday's match will head into the final as favourites to be crowned world champions.

France and Belgium have met a staggering 73 times, their first meeting having been a 3-3 draw in 1904.

In an enthralling, albeit highly tactical rather than incident-packed match, it was once again a set-piece that proved decisive with Umtiti's near-post header from an Antoine Griezmann corner settling matters.

France can begin to prepare for the final at the Luzhniki Stadium, eager to avoid a repeat of 2006 when they were beaten by Italy on penalties in Berlin and the pain of the loss to Portugal on home soil in 2016.

When the match ended, the French players danced on the field and shook the hand of Thierry Henry, another 1998 World Cup victor who is now Belgium's assistant coach. They scored a goal that probably is Fellaini is the last man to touch it but the they score and they try to control the game which basically they did. Not only they are set to take on one of the top European sides at the moment, but this will also be their tougher opponent in quite a while.

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French speakers, who share a country with Dutch and German speakers, are particularly sensitive to what they see as France's condescending attitude toward them. We can be very happy and lucky that we can have the team what we have.

Les Bleus are headed to the World Cup final.

For the generation of Hazard, De Bruyne, and Romelu Lukaku, beating Brazil in the quarter-finals was meant to be the breakthrough en route to winning a major tournament.

"But we will be ready because we have an extremely good state of mind and it is the semi-finals in the World Cup".

It was a frustrating night for Roberto Martinez's side.

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Belgium had won all five matches in Russian Federation coming into their meeting with the French, and had scored 14 goals in the process. The PSG right-back received his second yellow card against Brazil.

The Chelsea defensive midfielder has covered huge amounts of ground in this World Cup, but it's not just about distance run.

"It was a very tight game".

Even through the first 30 minutes in St. Petersburg, this side had looked different, carving out chances and containing France's counterattacks.

"It's really too bad to lose to France, Belgium's national bad luck", Alice Cordier told AFP in a fan zone in Waterloo, south of the capital Brussels. We could've come to this stage and froze and not dealt with what France have done in the past.

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