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Belgium News: France tougher than Brazil – Vertonghen

1 year ago

In the latest Belgium news, defender Jan Vertonghen feels playing France in the World Cup semi-finals will be tougher than the quarter-final victory over Brazil.

Brazil were the pre-tournament favourites and seemed to be heading in the right direction after beating Japan 3-2 in the round of 16 to make it to the last eight in Russia.

However, they were outdone by a talented Belgium side, who put on a superb display to earn a 2-1 triumph and set up a last-four clash with Didier Deschamps’ men.

Les Blues’ proved too good for Uruguay in the last 16, progressing with a 2-0 triumph, and they are now 2/1 favourites with bet365 to win the whole event.

There will be a European winner this year and many pundits feel the victor of the France-Belgium semi will go on to lift the trophy later this month.

It remains to be seen if that is the case but Vertonghen does not believe that things have become easier with the exit of the South America giants.

“I think France are a bit more complete than Brazil are. I think it will be harder to break them down,” the Tottenham centre-back told reporters.

Belgium and France have not faced each other since 2015 when the Red Devils emerged 4-3 winners in a friendly encounter.

There could well be plenty of goals in Tuesday’s match as both teams possess an abundance of attacking talent in the ranks capable of finding the back of the net.

Manchester City’s Kevin de Bruyne was in great form against Brazil but despite his presence in the side Roberto Martinez’s men are 21/10 outsiders to win, with the French 31/20 to make it through to the final.