After Eliminating Messi Hernandez Says France Ready To Neutralize Hazard

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Both players are crucial for their respective countries and both will certainly be hoping to get their hands on the World Cup trophy for the first time.

It was a bad blow for the Brazilians.

For better or worse Brazil star Neymar grabbed a lot of headlines at this World Cup. But it wasn't meant to be.

Hazard's willingness and ability to carry the ball under pressure, jinking past helpless defenders, was in evidence as Belgium claimed their greatest-ever World Cup scalp by beating Brazil in the quarter-finals.

Roberto Martinez's swashbuckling Belgium side head into Tuesday's semi-final with familiar foes France as the World Cup's leading scorers, but their old rivals have evolved as the tournament has progressed and will also be full of confidence. The highest paid player in the world sparkled at times on the field, scoring twice, but left the tournament marked mostly by his theatrics on the field. "I have a good team that still has plenty of room for improvement".

At the end of the match, Neymar declined to give a statement to the journalists who followed the team's exit of the stadium in Kazan, Russia, photo internet recreation.

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The irony of Thierry Henry, one of France's all-time soccer greats, plotting his own country's downfall at the World Cup in Russian Federation has not been lost on his former team mate Didier Deschamps, who calls it a freakish situation.

Kevin de Bruyne is just the second Belgian to score more than one goal in World Cup knockout matches, joining Jan Ceulemans, who scored one goal apiece in the round of 16 and the quarterfinals in 1986.

"It's hard for me to talk to you", Tite said at the news conference after the match.

"It's a heavy, bitter feeling".

"It is special. We can't let them down back home now". The main questions following disappointing defeats in the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 European Championship centred on the team's character. He is on the right road, but he still needs time.

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