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the good Belgian story of the France team


They went from Waterloo to Solferino in a stunning second half. In Turin, the Blues won a new battle against Belgium (3-2), in the semi-finals of this second edition of the League of Nations, Thursday, October 7. The competition still smells a little new, but the victory remains beautiful and in a different register from the semi-final of the World Cup won (1-0) against these same Red Devils in 2018, in Russia. It also opens the way for a new title, against Spain, Sunday, in Milan.

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In St. Petersburg, the future world champions had given a lesson in resilience and efficiency, perceived hot as a small robbery between neighbors by their opponents. This time, the France team was in the chase with stunts and screeching of tires in a little crowded Juventus Stadium, between health gauge and relative interest of the Turinese. “At 2-0, not many people at half-time thought it was possible apart from me”, admits Didier Deschamps at the wheel of a team overwhelmed by the malice of Yannick Carrasco (37e) and the power of Romelu Lukaku (41e).

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After a good start, his players had “Too far back and too much left the initiative” to their opponents to the taste of the coach. At that time, the articles were already well advanced with the first definitive and inevitably a little cruel observations. We should probably read that Kevin De Bruyne had distributed the balloons in a three-piece suit, that Lukaku had the effect of an adult in the middle of a defense of frightened children or that this diagram in 3-4-3 hardly seemed less baroque than if Deschamps had emerged from his tactical grimoire 2-3-5 proposed in 1904 during the very first France-Belgium (3-3).

Mbappé took his responsibilities

Because Hugo Lloris and his partners “Had nothing more to lose”, and that the Belgians “Maybe thought a little too much about the final” and fired “Emotional” to the chagrin of their coach, Roberto Martinez, the curves crossed to allow a “Exploit”, according to Lloris. Word is not oversold against the first nation in the FIFA rankings. Champion of continuous testing (but decidedly angry with the final exam), Belgium had this semi-final in hand for an hour.

And then, she gave way to this blue revolt embodied by Kylian Mbappé. In the France team, the striker does not do everything well, but he does a lot. For its 50e selection at 22, the Parisian offered the assist to Karim Benzema for the goal of hope (62e), before taking responsibility seven minutes later by equalizing from a penalty kick in the top corner. The choice owes nothing to chance. If the usual attendant – Benzema in this case – has passed his turn, it is also to allow his partner to heal the memory of the missed goal against Switzerland in the round of 16 of the Euro, on June 28.

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