Fred reveals his disappointment at Brazil's World Cup quarter-final exit

Posted July 11, 2018

President of the Nigeria Football Federation, Amaju Melvin Pinnick has been confirmed as the match commissioner for the 2018 FIFA World Cup first semifinal match between France and Belgium in Saint Petersburg on Tuesday. The Brazilian completed a move from Shakhtar Donetsk last week.

Speaking at the pre-match press conference, Lloris said: "They are an exhaustive team, they know how to do everything. I did my job and made sure the team was calm in hard situations". They have everything they need to be a great team and they are a great team.

"Very happy to be part of this team, I am proud of all, interrupted our dream but they did not get out of our head and neither of our hearts". Then the second goal by De Bruyne was simply a magical shot which hardly any goalkeeper could have saved. Fans thought the Selecao would finally end its World Cup title drought.

If they get beyond Les Bleus, Belgium will be able to take more risks against Croatia or England, two sides they'd be favoured to beat back here in Moscow come Sunday. The team which plays well on that particular day wins irrespective of rankings or predictions.

Neymar, regarded as one of the most talented players on the Brazilian side, was not seen in the disembarkation area.

Scoring has increased since the start of the World Cup, putting the average at 2.62 goals per match, slightly below the 2014 average of 2.71.

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Many will blame Brazil's exit on the way their attacking moves were constantly funnelled towards their No. 10 in the hope that the forward would deliver the world-class individual skill he is capable of, but which he rarely delivered throughout the tournament in Russian Federation.

He remains the only Nigerian involved at such high level of operation at the FIFA World Cup.

Excluding shootouts, France have lost just one of their last 13 games in the knockout rounds of the World Cup (W10 D2 L1).

Neymar scored his 56th and 57th global goals during the tournament in Russian Federation.

Another indication of the winds of change: Among those taking their place is Belgium, which has never won the title but looks capable of doing so after reaching the semis for only the second time.

The semifinal clash against France will give a chance for the 19-year-old Frenchman Kylian Mbappe to make his claim to be the tournament's most exciting talent and the final itself could throw up another contender but at this stage it is Hazard who is setting the standard.

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