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Speaking at the pre-match press conference, Lloris said: "They are an exhaustive team, they know how to do everything".

"I don't feel pressure, but I'm excited about playing in a very special match". The youngest teams in the knockout round, they've proved that youthful exuberance is a mighty force, too.

"We've strived to be as good as we could be at worldwide level and it's taken us two years to get there".

"Well, I don't know what he's going to do, he hasn't told me", De Bruyne intimated. "It is an opportunity in our careers and we have to grab it with both hands". The victor of today's clash will face either England or Croatia.

Neymar played the entire 90minutes, as Belgium beat the South Americans 2-1 on Friday night.

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

The surprise defeat has not deterred the CBF and, according to local media reports, the governing body has offered Tite a contract extension until the 2022 when Qatar will host the next World Cup.

Felipao, as he's affectionally known, guided a 2002 Brazilian squad loaded with Ronaldo, Ronaldinho, Rivaldo, Roberto Carlos and Kaka to wins over England and Germany that year in Japan. Brazil won the match 4-0.

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.

Despite controlling 57% of possession and having a 26-8 edge in attempts at goal, Brazil's tournament ends in the quarter-finals for the third time in the last four World Cups.

Pope Francis speaks to a crowd of thousands gathered at St Peter's the day after Brazil were eliminated from the Fifa World Cup.

It was no surprise that Brazil entered this World Cup as favourites to lift the trophy on July 15, as under boss Tite this team had stormed through the qualifiers, having lost just once in 18 matches en route to Russian Federation.

Romelu Lukaku has been directly involved in 20 goals in his last 13 games for Belgium in all competitions (17 goals, 3 assists). They played very well and could have scored at least five goals.

When the tournament began, not many people predicted a final four consisting of France (No. 7 in Federation Internationale de Football Association rankings), Belgium (No. 3), England (No. 12) and Croatia (No. 20).


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