Misfiring Olivier Giroud making unwanted World Cup history for France

WORLD CUP 2018 | GRAEME SOUNESSJuly 8 2018 12:01am The Sunday Times Brilliant Belgium bound for final at expense of no-frills France Graeme Souness

With Belgium and France contesting the other semi-final, City have seven players who have made the semi-final stage.

Roberto Martinez's men troubled the five time champions all through the first half to get more goals but their efforts weren't good enough to find the back of the net.

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

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The former Everton boss used a four-man back line against Brazil after using a three-man defense for the previous four matches. In the semifinal, both sides will play a game of "pick your poison" in what promises to be an energetic, back-and-forth match.

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. It is also a particular match for him.

Fans of Brazil have shown their displeasure at the exit of the former world champions from the 2018 World Cup.

"My awareness, my skills, my shooting, my control in front of the goal, my actions, where I have to be on the field, scoring goals out of nowhere - that's what big players do, don't wait for the ball to come in front of you, you have to create the goal yourself", said Lukaku.

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Ireland's Dan Martin also struggled after his UAE Team Emirates finished 15th on the stage, one minute and 38 seconds behind BMC. On Tuesday, the Tour will head to Brittany, as the riders start in La Baule and end in Sarzeau after a 195-kilometre route.

Ahead of their clash on Tuesday night, Belgium playmaker Hazard has told reporters that as a boy, he used to tie his loyalties to the French flag, citing France's World Cup win in 1998 as a major influencing factor.

The 25-year-old has taken to social media to voice his dejection following an ultimately disappointing World Cup for him and Tite's side overall.

Two of the World Cup's outstanding players will now go head-to-head in St Petersburg, with De Bruyne aware of the threat that Mbappe will pose.

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I am leaving but this shirt, this badge and the Santiago Bernabeu I will continue to feel as something that is mine wherever I go. A day later, Spanish newspaper Marca reported the five-time Champions League victor had begun looking for a house in Turin.

It might not be hard to agree with Hazard but what should not be under emphasised is how far the striker has come thanks to Henry.

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