Mbappe expects 'weird' World Cup reunion with inspiration Henry

Brazil, the overwhelming favorite to win the World Cup, has been knocked out, and now the tournament is wide open

Belgium are in the last four for just the second time in their history, and will meet France in Saint Petersburg on Tuesday after claiming their biggest-ever World Cup scalp by beating Brazil 2-1 in the quarter-finals.

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.

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. "We were maybe more France fans than Belgium at the time", he recalled.

"I would have preferred to have Henry on our side, to give me and the other French forwards advice, but I am not too jealous", the 31-year-old Giroud said. Marouane Fellaini and Nacer Chadli came off the bench to help complete a stunning three-goal turnaround in the final 21 minutes.

"We have spoken a few times over the phone", Hazard said.

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According to a UK Sun report, the PSG star disclosed that the Selecao squad members were looking to make amends during the 2018 World Cup after Brazil's disappointing loss to Germany four years ago in the semis.

Mbappe has been one of the standout stars of France's surge to the final four in Russian Federation, scoring three goals and turning in a series of electrifying performances.

The 2018 World Cup knockout stages have been filled with shocks and surprises, twists and turns that are impossible to predict. unless you are Eden Hazard. I'm very happy to be part of this team, I'm proud of all the players. "When you beat Brazil, you have no need to fear anybody else - we are playing to win the World Cup".

"I think Kevin De Bruyne's influence in our team has been a lot deeper, a little bit more earlier, allowing his team to have the influence that we have in the final third and being a real playmaker for us".

Brazilian superstar Neymar Jr. has drawn attention for more than his goal-scoring skills this World Cup and has quickly become the punchline to a new "challenge" sweeping the internet.

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