Misfiring Olivier Giroud making unwanted World Cup history for France

Misfiring Olivier Giroud making unwanted World Cup history for France

Goals have proved elusive for a player whose place in the France line-up has always been a source of national debate in his homeland but two more wins are all that count for 31-year-old.

"France were one of the favourites before the World Cup and I think the game will be tougher than against Brazil due to their individual quality", he said. "I'm sure he's learning on a daily basis and giving good advice to the Belgians". Former cricketer and member of India's 1983 cricket world cup winning team, Sandeep Patil, coached Kenya to a historic semi-final in 2003 before Sourav Ganguly's brilliant century dashed their hopes.

Brazil were dumped out of the World Cup following a very impressive first-half display by Roberto Martinez's side.

Sunday French paper Le Journal du Dimanche also devoted several pages to the friendship and rivalry between the two countries and attached an excerpt from an Asterix comic book showing a dispute between Belgian and Gallic chieftains.

Kevin de Bruyne who played the false number 9 role with great effect in a 2-1 win over Brazil will be among influential players for the Devils. I don't resent him.

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Strong, mobile, indefatigable and good in the air, Mandzukic looks to make life as hard as possible for the defence, stretching play to allow the likes of Modric the space they need to get into the danger zone around the box.

'He's had a fantastic year and he can even improve if that's possible, so yes he will be a danger to us but we are going to try and stop him from playing'.

"I believe in it of course, especially as we find ourselves in the semi-finals having knocked out one of the top favourites".

For me, he is the best young footballer on the planet.

- Romelu Lukaku has been directly involved in 20 goals in his last 13 games for Belgium in all competitions, with 17 goals and three assists. It means, if I'm on the field, the boss thinks I can help the team.

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