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France played ‘anti-football’ in FIFA World Cup 2018 semi-final: Thibaut Courto…

Belgium goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois accused France of playing “anti-football” during his side’s FIFA World Cup 2018 semi-final loss on Tuesday.

Samuel Umtiti’s 51st-minute header saw France win 1-0 in St Petersburg, booking a spot in Sunday’s final for Didier Deschamps’ men.

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Belgium struggled to create many chances after a bright start as they were left frustrated by a compact France outfit.

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Courtois blasted Les Bleus – who moved into a third World Cup final – for their tactics. “It’s just an anti-football team,” Courtois told Sporza. “Their striker plays 30 metres from his own goal.”

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Belgium booked their spot in the semi-final by upsetting favourites Brazil in the last eight. But Courtois said he would have preferred to lose to Tite’s men, praising their approach.

“France heads a corner and does nothing more than defend,” he said. “I would have preferred to have lost in the quarter-finals to Brazil, at least that was a team that wanted to play football.”

 No final it is 

That’s #Football. We did our best. 

The support in  & all over the world was once again amazing !

 Félicitations @equipedefrance et bonne chance pour la finale ! 

We go for  now ! 

 @Fanclub1895 #REDTOGETHER#WorldCup#FRABEL pic.twitter.com/OnLhIg0zoP

— Belgian Red Devils (@BelRedDevils) July 10, 2018

Source: HindustanTimes

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