Pepe Reina slams Adidas' World Cup ball after Fernando Muslera's howler

Belgium's thrilling 2-1 win over Russian Federation in Kazan makes the Spaniard the coach from a different country to lead a team to the last four of the World Cup since the Brazilian Luiz Felipe Scolari guided Portugal to the semi-finals in 2006.

Uruguay coach Oscar Tabarez has admitted that France deserved to win the World Cup quarter final and was left lamenting that his time couldn't get enough of a foothold in the game in Nizhny Novgorod despite giving their all. Under his management, France always feel like they can be much better; like they're playing within themselves; like he can never figure out a formation to actually enhance their abundant talent.

They won their only World Cup in 1998 on home soil, and in 2006 lost to Italy on penalties.

"We were again in a match to reach the semi-finals", said Godin.

Reina worte: "Let's keep "designing" game balls that make it easier and easier to for goalkeepers to "intuit or guess" their trajectories, shall we?"

Artists painted a huge portrait of Brazil soccer player Neymar on the wall of a house opposite the Brazil team hotel during the 2018 soccer World Cup in Kazan, Russia, Thursday, July 5, 2018.

France will play Belgium for a place in the final in what promises to be a fascinating semi-final.

"He has gained four years of experience, in fact they all have more maturity", said Deschamps of the Real Madrid defender. "It's going to be a very tough match against him but we will do our best to stop him", said Granqvist, who will be partnered by Victor Lindelof in central defence.

"There was a coach once who said his team was quite easy to analyze but hard to beat.

He does many things for the team to be balanced".

"The surprise is probably that we're terribly consistent", he added.

France became the first team to qualify for the semifinals of the competition after goals from Raphael Varane and Antoine Griezmann. We have a relatively young team, but we've shown maturity and have been growing since the tournament started.

They go out with their heads held high, though, after leaving everything on the pitch as they chased an equalizer in the last 14 minutes of the match in the wake of substitute Renato Augusto's fine headed goal.

"As for Eden, I've already played against him when he was at Lille".

"For now, we have the potential to be in the semi-finals, that is certain", he said.

"We just need to do what is right, rather than trying to play good football".

  • Julie Sanders