Published: Sat, July 14, 2018
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Kenyans celebrate their 'cousin' Umtiti after World Cup heroics

Kenyans celebrate their 'cousin' Umtiti after World Cup heroics

Belgium's players criticised the tactics France used in their 1-0 semi-final win as Didier Deschamps' team sat deep and Samuel Umtiti's headed goal came from a corner, but Griezmann dismissed the criticism. It's a dream. We are going through to the World Cup final - but you have to realise that dream.

"So, we have to be proud to be French and I want young people to say, 'Vive la France!'".

Members of the France national team celebrating at the 1998 World Cup.

Atletico Madrid forward Griezmann replied on Friday when he suggested that he'd be happy to win the World Cup by any means possible.

Hazard was another Belgian who was not especially gracious in defeat, saying after the game that he would prefer to lose with his Belgian side than win playing how France did.


He said: 'Does Thibaut Courtois think he plays Barcelona football at Chelsea?

"Zinedine Zidane is a legend and football icon and Griezmann is on his way to becoming one too", he said in the official FIFA press conference.

He finished top scorer at Euro 2016 with six goals but France lost the final to Cristiano Ronaldo's Portugal on home soil.

"They weren't better than us".

Griezmann described France's defence as key to their chances of clinching the country's second World Cup victory on Sunday, backing himself, Giroud and Mbappe to continue their good form in attack. It will serve as a lesson to us and it means we know what it is to play in a final.

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