Published: Wed, July 11, 2018
Sport | By Fredrick Flores

Brazil elimination 'saddest moment of my career' - Neymar

Brazil elimination 'saddest moment of my career' - Neymar

Thierry Henry is now working as Martinez's assistant coach with his loyalties tested when France and Belgium meet in Saint Petersburg, however the former Wolfsburg midfielder believes his influence on the group has helped.

Speaking at the pre-match press conference, Lloris said: "They are an exhaustive team, they know how to do everything". "I feel that's probably the biggest strength that we have as a football team".

"Very happy to be part of this team, I am proud of all, interrupted our dream but they did not get out of our head and neither of our hearts".

De Bruyne knows how unsafe they are and is taking little for granted. It was the Les Diables Rouges, who ended the journey of one of pre-World Cup favourite, Selecao, after a 2-1 victory over them. "We've been able to win in both roles".

The final two spots in the semi-finals are on the line, with Sweden facing England and Croatia taking on host Russian Federation.

Brazil overcame Mexico in the round of 16, but then suffered a 1-2 defeat to Belgium in the quarterfinals of the competition on Friday.

Beaten finalists at Euro 2016 on home soil, France will aim to go one better in Russian Federation and emulate the successful squad of 1998 which included Didier Deschamps, who could emulate Mario Zagallo and Franz Beckenbauer by winning the World Cup as both a player and manager.

"To beat Brazil in a World Cup you have to believe it", Martinez said. He was also in charge of the quarter final duel between France and Uruguay at Nizhny Novgorod on 6th July (2-0).

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Luan, his team mate at Gremio, won the player of the tournament when they won the Copa Libertadores past year. France have always been a footballing stronghold but as we have seen in this World Cup, reputation precedes determination.

But they're out, leaving the unusual quartet of France, Belgium, Croatia and England.

There they displayed their trademark jogo bonito, the kind of expansive and attacking football that we all associate with Brazil, and it certainly seemed like under their new boss - who had not lost a competitive match since taking over from Dunga just one year ago - the five-time World Cup winners were set to live up to their reputation. He succeeded Carlos Dunga in 2016 and guided Brazil to a comfortable World Cup qualification.

No player has so far made more attempts on goal than Neymar (27) in Russian Federation, while no team has yet attacked more than the Brazilians (292 attacks) with their star player at the center of the Brazilians' attacking threat.

This summer, he has managed to become Belgium's all time top scorer with 40 goals.

The goal showed that while Belgium hugely benefit from Hazard they are far from dependent on him.

These two have looked the best two teams in the tournament.

First, the positive thing that happened in this tournament is that the gap between higher ranked teams and lower ranked teams reduced substantially. I think for me they are an example for any young player who wants to play the game.

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