France narrowly pip Belgium to secure quarter-finals slot

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France narrowly pip Belgium to secure quarter-finals slot

  How well will football fans remember a game that was billed to be an epic clash? Fans remener games with goals, intensity and aggression and

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How well will football fans remember a game that was billed to be an epic clash? Fans remener games with goals, intensity and aggression and the fixture lacked all these.

France v Belgium did not live up to its billing although Le Blues won 1-0 eventually.

Fans will struggle to recall the most important highlights of the game even on Monday night. Simply put, the game was so boring. European football is known for its intensity and the end-to-end affair at this level but most of the games are lacking these great qualities.

Beligum v France in the first half was not impressive with France dominating as expected but failed to create the needed chances.

In the second half, Belgium stepped up with Jeremy Doku stretching the French defence with his electrifying pace. De Bryune came closer to scoring in the second half after unleashing a ferocious shot from the edge of the box from Doku’s assist. Maignan was so superb for dealing with De Bruyne’s effort.

Substitute Kolo Muani’s effort took a wicked deflection of the 37-year-old Jan Vertonghen which beat the impressive Casteels. With just 5 minutes to end the game, it was always going to be difficult for Belgium to bounce back.

The victory for Le Blues has helped them qualify for the last eight with a fixture against Portugal for a place in the semi-finals at stake.

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