Belgium target Euro 2020 after World Cup heartbreak

Hazard to go up against adopted France of his hero Zidane

The Spanish gaffer said France's goal in the 1-0 victory over Belgium in the 2018 FIFA World Cup first semi-final match on Tuesday in Saint Petersburg was a bit of luck.

A Belgium team featuring numerous same stars lost 1-0 to Argentina in the World Cup quarterfinal four years ago and then was shocked 3-1 by Wales in the European Championship quarterfinals two years ago.

"I can't make comparisons, talk to them about players from 20 years ago, even 10 years ago".

From a Belgium corner, Toby Alderweireld tested Lloris with a smart shot on the turn but as the half progressed France began to create more.

Didier Deschamps' side will face England or Croatia in Moscow on Sunday as the French look to lift the trophy for the second time following their triumph on home soil in 1998.

Lloris and Courtois played a huge part their sides´ quarter-final wins and it was only thanks to two of the best ´keepers in the world the game remained goalless at half-time. A lack of panic when they were 2-1 down against Argentina in the last-16 before coming back to win a thriller 4-3, and patience in breaking down stubborn Uruguay in the quarter-finals.

The defeat is painful for Belgium, foiled at the semi-final for the second time in their history, as the clock ticks on their so-called "golden generation". The Tuesday night contest will see two star-studded sides competing against each other and the outcome is indeed hard to predict considering the quality and grade of both the teams. "But we are looking forward to a different style of game against England because they like to play attacking football". "If you are going to have to lose such a match, which is bearable, it is the manner in which our players lost, pushing for everything, trying everything until the final whistle".

Long linked with a transfer to Real Madrid, a move to Spain looks more realistic this summer than at any time of his Chelsea career, with Madrid president Florentino Perez often influenced by outstanding World Cup performances and Ronaldo looking set to exit the Santiago Bernabeu. Captain Harry Kane is the man leading England's charge in Russian Federation with six goals so far, putting him top in the race for the Golden Boot. To do that he'll need fast and accurate service, something he'll expect from De Bruyne, and the intelligence to demand the ball in areas where Kante is reluctant to go. "When there was an opportunity to be seized, they took it".

"I am perfectly ready and fit and I can say the same for my teammates. People have been celebrating and you shouldn't forget that - that's what this tournament is about as well".

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