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I’d rather lose than win with this France team, Hazard

Belgium's forward Eden Hazard (right) and France's midfielder Paul Pogba vie for the ball during their 2018 World Cup semi-final match at the Saint Petersburg Stadium in Saint Petersburg on July 10, 2018. PHOTO | AFP
Belgium's forward Eden Hazard (right) and France's midfielder Paul Pogba vie for the ball during their 2018 World Cup semi-final match at the Saint Petersburg Stadium in Saint Petersburg on July 10, 2018. PHOTO | AFP

Belgium captain Eden Hazard criticised France for their approach in the World Cup semi-final after his team’s 1-0 loss on Tuesday.

A second-half header from Samuel Umtiti was all Didier Deschamps’ men needed to book their spot in Sunday’s final.

Hazard was Belgium’s most threatening player as his team struggled to find a way through a compact France outfit.

But the star attacker criticised Les Bleus for their style, saying he would prefer to play for his team and lose.

“I prefer to lose with this Belgium than win with this France,” Hazard said, via Het Nieuwsblad.

“But they do defend strongly and are very efficient. We have not found their weak point. That little moment of magic needed to score was not there.

“We have seen a fantastic Belgian team and have been eliminated by a team that was more solid than us.”

The loss saw Belgium miss out on reaching a first World Cup final, but they can still better their fourth-place finish of 1986.

Hazard said he was proud of what Roberto Martinez’s team had managed in Russia.

“We have shown that we have a very nice team,” he said.

“We can be proud of what we have achieved. As a captain, I am happy to be part of this team.”



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