Belgium suffered a 1-0 defeat at the hands of France in St. Petersburg on Tuesday, with Belgium goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois accusing his side's opponents of playing "anti-football."

"We are disappointed as we feel that we are the strongest team at the tournament," Vertonghen said post-match.

"Yes, we haven't created so many [scoring] chances in front of our opponents' gate today. But it is difficult to face such a team, as the first goal means so much in a game like this.

"Would I like to win like that? I'd like to play in the World Cup final, so I'd say 'yes.' We deserved more due to our performance."

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He added that the third place play-off, where his side will face the loser of the upcoming England-Croatia semi-final on Sunday, was a "historic moment," and that Belgium would be ready for it.

The 2018 FIFA World Cup kicked off on June 14 and will continue until July 15, with the final set to be held at Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium on Sunday.