"I feel ill", said Denis Backaert, 34, after watching France prevail 1-0 in the tightest of semi-finals between two quality teams in St Petersburg. "I think we coped with him well". Belgium, ranked third globally by Fifa, has played in 13 editions of the Fifa World Cup.
Seven members of Belgium's 23-man squad competing at the World Cup in Russia (Simon Mignolet, Thomas Vermaelen, Vincent Kompany, Jan Vertonghen, Marouane Fellaini and Mousa Dembele) are aged 30 years and above and may retire before the 2022 World Cup in France.
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As for who they will be backing come Sunday, when France will face either Croatia or ancient rivals England, some in Belgium admit that, for all their closeness to French culture, especially in the French-speaking south, it will be hard to cheer for Tuesday's victors in the "Asterix vs Tintin" derby.
France went ahead soon after half time through a header from Samuel Umtiti before diligently defending their area to secure their place in the final.
"I'm totally blown away, this is insane", said 41-year-old Gilles Rove in Paris' Belleville neighbourhood.
"We're going to the final, we're going to the final", scores chanted in one central Paris bar before breaking out into an impromptu rendition of the La Marseillaise national anthem.
"Finals have to be won".
"You will never control him the whole game but, obviously, France are a very good team".