Misfiring Olivier Giroud making unwanted World Cup history for France

Seven Blues reach World Cup semis

French President Emmanuel Macron has arrived in Russia's second largest city of St. Petersburg to support his country's national football team, which is to face Belgium in a semifinal match of the 2018 FIFA World Cup, a TASS correspondent reported from the site.

His presence on the opposition bench has been described by France striker Olivier Giroud as "bizarre", with the Chelsea man keen to show Henry he has chosen the wrong camp.

Henry joined Martinez's staff in 2016 and the Spaniard explained how his experience of pressure moments at the business end of tournaments offered something other members of the former Everton manager's staff could not.

Belgium turned around a 2-0 deficit to beat Japan 3-2 in the round of 16 and then followed that up with a 2-1 win over five-time World champions Brazil in the quarter-finals. Martinez wanted Henry to develop a winning mentality, and draw more out of Belgium's forwards.

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"My awareness, my skills, my shooting, my control in front of the goal, my actions, where I have to be on the field, scoring goals out of nowhere - that's what big players do, don't wait for the ball to come in front of you, you have to create the goal yourself", said Lukaku.

Courtois made 6 saves in total, the highest in a game by any goal-keeper so far in this tournament, and showed excellent prowess in the air while commanding his penalty area with a calm presence of mind.

The two European big-hitters have progressed to the final four of the World Cup in Russian Federation after overcoming some high-profile opposition en route.

"The frustration is there because we didn't lose to a team who are better than us, we lost to a team who play nothing, just defend".

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