Antoine Griezmann gave the perfect reply to Thibaut Courtois slamming French tactics

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Belgium weren't exactly graceful losers in their semi-final with France on Tuesday night.

Samuel Umtiti headed home the only goal of the game from a set piece and Belgium felt Les Bleus played negative football throughout the match, scraping their way to the final.

Few Belgium players took the defeat as poorly as Thibaut Courtois who pulled no punches in his post-match interview.

"It was a frustrating match. France didn't play at all, they defended with 11 players within 40 metres of their goal," the Chelsea man told Belgian TV station RTBF.

"They played on the counter-attack with (Kylian) Mbappe, who is very quick. That's their right. They know when an opponent plays very deep, that's where we have problems.

Courtois' salty comments

"The frustration is there because we didn't lose to a team who are better than us, we lost to a team who play nothing, just defend.

"Against Uruguay (in the quarter-finals) they scored with a free-kick and a goalkeeping error. Today, a corner. It's a shame for football that Belgium didn't win today."

Now now, Thibaut.


Griezmann hits back in style

It's fair to say France haven't played the prettiest football at this summer's tournament - give or take the Argentina match - but he could have been a little more respectful in his assessment.

And it will come as no surprise that the France players haven't taken these comments lightly.

Kylian Mbappe was one of the first players to hit out at the quotes and now Antoine Griezmann has launched his retaliation during a press conference on Friday.

As soon as the question was asked, Griezmann gesticulated his frustration and disbelief.

He then brilliantly responded: "Does Thibaut Courtois think that at Chelsea he plays Barcelona football? I don't care how, I want a second star to be on this shirt. That is all."

Have a load of that Chelsea.

The Blues didn't exactly play the finest football under Antonio Conte last season and the quotes come on the exact day that Chelsea have confirmed his departure.

Take a look at Griezmann's reaction and response in the video below:

At the end of the day, attractive football doesn't necessarily win you games and everyone associated with France will have little qualms over the nature of their route to the final.

Les Bleus have shown grit and determination in their victories over tough opposition in Argentina, Uruguay and now Belgium.

Football fans shouldn't go into Sunday's final expecting champagne football from the favourites but they'll bring their game to Croatia with no compromises.

The history books remember results, not style.

Who do you think will win the World Cup - France or Croatia? Have your say in the comments section below.

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