Published: Mon, July 09, 2018
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Kante is the best in the World says Hazard

Kante is the best in the World says Hazard

A slick Belgium side boasting the talents of Kevin De Bruyne, Eden Hazard and Romelu Lukaku is the only team to have won all its matches in Russian Federation and is the top scorer, with 14 goals.

When they defeated Brazil 2-1 in the 2018 World Cup quarter-finals, Belgian football would have rejoiced.

France defender Lucas Hernandez insists the prospect of facing Eden Hazard holds no fears for him after he played a part in taming Lionel Messi earlier in the World Cup. "When things weren't going well, they were calling me Romelu Lukaku, the Belgian striker of Congolese descent". He was their leading scorer in the World Cup when the country won its first and only world title as host nation in 1998, despite not being a regular starter and only 20 years old at the time.

"I think they are a lot stronger in defense, I feel it's going to be a hard tussle".

Five games, five wins, 14 goals.

Eden Hazard is one of the French academy system's finest exports in the past decade but he could be the man to end Didier Deschamps's bid for World Cup glory. In Russia, he has scored his team's first and last goal, converting a penalty kick in the second half of its opening win over Australia, then setting up one goal and scoring another in a 2-0 quarterfinal victory over Uruguay.

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In a World Cup which has not exactly witnessed the most free-flowing of games, France hold the edge in this regard with Belgium preferring to play an expansive style. "They both deserve to be elected as best keeper of the tournament, even if I have a preference for Hugo", he said. If France wins, he can not celebrate; it is the same if Belgium wins.

But he said France were talented and experienced enough to break down Belgium's defensive "wall" around keeper Thibaut Courtois.

Eden Hazard lavishes praise on France's Kylian Mbappe, with the Belgium attacker revealing that he has "mad respect" for the 19-year-old.

His robust presence at centre-forward has helped to unleash the lavish gifts of Antoine Griezmann and Kylian Mbappe - most notably when the latter tore Argentina apart with a virtuoso display. "It doesn't shock me at all". Marouane Fellaini has made one of the midfield spots his own since his game changing performance against Japan last week.

Without further ado, here is our guide to the World Cup semi-finals. In his way will be Liverpool's Dejan Lovren, enjoying a quietly excellent World Cup at the heart of the Croatia back line.

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