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Antoine Griezmann hits back at Thibaut Courtois and Eden Hazard after World Cup semi-final criticism

Griezmann hits back at Courtois, Hazard after semi-final criticism

13/07/2018 at 12:32Updated 13/07/2018 at 14:08

Antoine Griezmann has hit out at Thibaut Courtois and Eden Hazard after the Belgian criticised France's style of play during their World Cup semi-final.

France confirmed their place in the 2018 World Cup final with a narrow 1-0 win over Belgium on Tuesday. Defender Samuel Umtiti scored the game's only goal, despite Belgium having the lion's share of possession.

Romelu Lukaku, Leander Dendoncker, Eden Hazard and Thibaut Courtois are consoled after their World Cup semi-final defeat.

Romelu Lukaku, Leander Dendoncker, Eden Hazard and Thibaut Courtois are consoled after their World Cup semi-final defeat.Getty Images

But after the last-four encounter, both Courtois and his Chelsea team-mate Eden Hazard shared their feelings towards their conquerors.

"It's just an anti-football team. Their striker plays 30 metres from his own goal. France heads a corner and does nothing more than defend," Courtois said.

"I would have preferred to have lost in the quarter-finals to Brazil, at least that was a team that wanted to play football."

And Hazard added: "I prefer to lose with this Belgium than win with that France."

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However, Griezmann has since said his only goal is to win the World Cup and doesn't care how. The Atletico Madrid forward also mocked the style of football played by the Belgian football at Chelsea.

"Does Thibaut Courtois think he plays Barcelona football at Chelsea? I don't care how, I want a second star to be on this shirt. That is all," said the Frenchman.

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