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Man City captain Kompany insists Belgium best team at World Cup

Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany insists Belgium were the best team at the World Cup.

Kompany and co crashed to defeat against a ruthlessly efficient French side in Tuesday's semi-final in St Petersburg after losing to Samuel Umtiti's set-piece header.

Kompany claims France will not be favourites to win Sunday's World Cup final.

“Will France be favourites? No, no, absolutely not. It's 50-50," said the defender.

“They were well organised, disciplined, defensively really strong. They were getting on the end of crosses, winning challenges in the important areas but I thought we did that equally as well.

“A damn set-piece, it's all I can say. It's not frustrating until you concede. And then after that, it becomes very frustrating. I respect any game plan as long as it's within the rules of the game.

“They tried to play on the counter. They planned on set-pieces and ultimately none of these things made the difference apart from the set-piece. We have to deal with the consequence.

“They are a worthy finalist, make no mistake about it.

“I think that from having seen England and obviously Croatia, which is a very good team, I think there won't be a lot between them.

“I think the four teams in the semi-finals are almost equals. It's ridiculous how close we are between each other."

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