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What to watch for in the World Cup semi-finals

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"There will be a lot of great players on the pitch. And any young player who wants to face adversity in life". We know there are going to be hard moments, and we'll have to be ready to suffer.

You have to go all the way back to the 1934 World Cup to find a tournament in which more knockout games - and that tournament was played entirely as a knockout competition - were won by a team that had trailed.

Speaking at the pre-match press conference, Lloris said: "They are an exhaustive team, they know how to do everything".

It's a move Neymar has pulled numerous times throughout the World Cup, whether for sympathy, to draw a penalty kick, or some combination of both.

However new PSG signing Buffon thinks failing to win the World Cup could act as extra motivation for Neymar in the coming campaign.

Belgium showed plenty of attacking flair in their 2-1 win over Brazil in the other quarter-final and Varane singled out forward Romelu Lukaku and playmaker Eden Hazard as two of the players the French would have to be wary off. "It's a good thing for him and the club".


"Unfortunately our dream has been postponed, and it is very painful for all of us that after so much work and dedication on the part of each player, technical commission, and staff, there is enormous pain", he wrote.

Belgium boss Roberto Martinez has called the nation's footballers "quite unique" as their golden generation sit on the brink of the World Cup final. Here's the unofficial count for Brazil's quarter-final match against Belgium.

"He added: "... but what you can not criticise him for is for lack of trying or for not having personality; he will always take on a player or carry the weight of the team on his shoulders and I would much rather have a player like that on my side than someone who hides, or is afraid to take risks". "I can't answer that question right now".

With an epic comeback in the last 16 against Japan, fighting back from 2-0 down and scoring a sensational victor in the dying seconds, the Red Devils not only broke Japanese hearts but put to bed doubts about the team's character.

'In general and physical terms, the team flew.

"I don't care where I play", said Kevin de Bruyne, Belgium's totem.

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