Belgium coach, Roberto Martinez, admitted that the French team made the game so tight for his team despite how his players’ fought hard and in their semi-final loss against France.
The Red Devils ousted Brazil from the World Cup, often hitting the Selecao on the counter, but their plans could not work against the Les Bleus who sat deep and allowed Belgium to dominate possession.
Martinez in a post-match conference said, “We have to give a lot of credit to the way France defended, even having certain attacking players defending very deep and giving us a lot of respect in that way. We couldn’t find the little bit of magic in front of goal or a little bit of luck at times
“It was a very tight game, there were not many big moments that were going to decide the game. The difference between the defeat or winning was down to one dead-ball situation, that’s how close the game was.
“But if you’re going to lose a game, I’m so proud of the players – you lose with a lot of effort, giving everything you’ve got, driving until the last second. You have to accept it, congratulate France and wish them well for the final.”
Barcelona defender Samuel Umtiti’s header was enough to settle scores for both teams as France marched on to the final of the World Cup on Sunday.