'Sad to see': Some Tottenham fans react to Dembele's performance against France

Moussa Dembele of Belgium tackles Kylian Mbappe of France during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Semi Final match between Belgium and France at Saint Petersburg Stadium on July 10, 2018 in...

Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Mousa Dembele couldn't work his usual magic as Belgium crashed out of the World Cup at the hands of France in the first semi-final.

Toby Alderweireld and Axel Witsel of Belgium look dejected after the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Semi Final match between Belgium and France at Saint Petersburg Stadium on July 10, 2018 in...

Belgium's 'Golden Generation' were beaten 1-0 by France in the first semi-final of this year's World Cup, with Samuel Umtiti netting the game's only goal in the second half.

It was a tight affair, and the Belgian Red Devils were by no means outclassed; they just struggled to break down an extremely resolute French defence, with Umtiti and Raphael Varane putting in solid performances.

Les Bleus probably just about deserved to win the game, and Belgium will be disappointed to have come so close to finally winning a major trophy.

Eden Hazard was the standout performer for Roberto Martinez's side on the night, with the Chelsea star causing problems down the left.

Tottenham midfielder Mousa Dembele was brought back into the starting XI as part of a three-man midfield alongside Axel Witsel and Marouane Fellaini, but the 30-year-old appeared to struggle the most out of anyone throughout the game, and was hauled off after an hour to make way for Dries Mertens.

Mousa Dembele of Belgium is stopped by N'golo Kante and Olivier Giroud of France during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Semi Final match between Belgium and France at Saint Petersburg...

Dembele has been a force to be reckoned with for Tottenham over the past few seasons, but he has not had the best of World Cups, and became exposed against France.

The 2012 signing was linked last month with a move to Juventus and, on the basis of his showing in Russia, some Tottenham fans will not be too stung by his potential departure.

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