Hazard blast France displays during Belgium defeat

World Cup 2018 By: Ikponmwosa Umweni | 11/07/2018

Belgium skipper Eden Hazard has blasted France negative displayed during 1-0 defeat to France in the 2018 FIFA World Cup semi-final at Saint Petersburg Stadium.

The 27-year-old Chelsea forward led the Red Devils dominated much of the opening half and showed more attacking intent but Samuel Umtiti's second-half header earned Les Bleus to clinched their third World Cup final appearance.

However, Hazard feels that France played negative football, claiming that Belgium were the better team during the tie last four clash in Russia.

"I prefer to lose with this Belgium than win with that France," said the Belgium captain.

Hazard's club and international colleague, Thibaut Courtois, made a similar statement.

"I wouldn't say the team in front of us was better than us," 

"The team in front of us has defended well with 11 players 35 meters before their goal. And they've done this the whole tournament. Against Uruguay, they score with a free kick. Today a goal from a corner. Pity, but that's football." he told beIN Sports.

Hazard came through the ranks at Lille before moving to Chelsea and was presented before the match as the most French player on his team.