Belgium stars blast 'negative France'

The Red Devils defeat to France will see them fight out for third place between the loser of the second semi-final tie between Croatia and England.

And it appears some of their star players haven't taken the narrow defeat to Les Blues well.

"I prefer to lose with this Belgium than win with that France," Hazard said in the official FIFA press conference.

De Bruyne agreed with his captain: "Have I been annoyed by France? No, I play at City. I play against teams that play so defensively 90% of the time.

"That is football. What they do, they do well. Both teams have had opportunities. That one goal makes the difference."

Courtois then reiterated the sentiments of his teammates; "France have played anti-football.

"I have not yet experienced that a striker plays so far from goal.

"It's their right to play like that, but it's not nice to see. Not only the French tactics but the referee, he didn't call well at all."