France are 'an anti-football team', says Courtois

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Laurence Griffiths
The Belgium goalkeeper slammed Les Bleus style after they beat his side in a World Cup semi-final on Tuesday

Belgium goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois accused France of playing "anti-football" during his side's World Cup semi-final loss on Tuesday.

Samuel Umtiti's 51st-minute header saw France win 1-0 in St Petersburg , booking a spot in Sunday's final for Didier Deschamps' men.

Belgium struggled to create many chances after a bright start as they were left frustrated by a compact France outfit.

Courtois blasted Les Bleus – who moved into a third World Cup final – for their tactics.

"It's just an anti-football team," Courtois told Sporza .

"Their striker plays 30 metres from his own goal."

Belgium booked their spot in the semi-final by upsetting favourites Brazil in the last eight.

But Courtois said he would have preferred to lose to Tite's men, praising their approach.

"France heads a corner and does nothing more than defend," he 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."

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