Belgium finally showed on the pitch why so many rate them so highly and have tipped them to do well in this tournament.
Belgium coach Roberto Martinez was also proud of his players despite the defeat. "They may not play the ball well, but they defend well". "For us he was as important against Panama and Tunisia as he was against Brazil".
"It's his quality that he's been showing for many years".
"I'm not sure what my bosses will say if I want to stay!" "We will go into this final to win it, as we have still not gotten over the final". The players today are going to be even stronger in two years' time and in four years' time, but today they are already competitive. His level of execution is exceptional. They have been allowed to dictate the pace of the game in each round apart from the reserve match against Belgium which was a nothing game. "Then (Vincent) Kompany and (Marouane) Fellani went and others thought let's sign more Belgium players and that has helped". We appreciate him in every role.
"He plays as a number six, as a number eight, as a false nine, he can play out wide". Stick to what you're doing, I'm behind you.
De Bruyne's versatility has come to the fore at City under the guidance of Pep Guardiola.
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A narrow 1-0 win for England , probably from another set-piece, puts Gareth Southgate's men in the final. "We keep looking to break the barriers down".
"I think he plays with freedom in this French team", Shearer said, as quoted by the Daily Express.
However, the fans of the south American team were unimpressed with the performance of their team in that game as they rained stones on their bus on their return home over the weekend. But once you get it, it makes football easier.
"I would just walk out of the room, it is an anthem and has followed the team for a long time but involved some hard moments as well".
"Things could have been different for us with that. He can improve more and he will be risky for us".
"We controlled their counter-attacks".