"Thierry, if you want to come back to France tomorrow, several trains are leaving Brussels Midi station", the rail company quipped shortly after Didier Deschamps' side had booked their place in the final.
England face Croatia on Wednesday in the Luzhniki, seeking to reach their first World Cup final since 1966 against a background of near hysteria at home. After knocking favourites Brazil out of the tournament with an impressive display, they went into the semi-final full of confidence, but couldn't find a way past a stubborn French team.
That said, I must admit that I don't think the Red Devils deserved to win yesterday. But its quality - he out-jumped the taller Marouane Fellaini to head in a corner - suggested there could be more where that came from.
However, despite a valiant effort against Les Bleus, Hazard couldn't muster any more goals and subsequently ended up on the losing team following a 1-0 defeat after Samuel Umtiti's victor for France.
"The focus of the group was to win the tournament, so it's a sad dressing room and that makes me proud", he said, insisting Belgium would "give everything" to try and finish third. "We adapt a bit the way we play against our opponent and this is his credit".
In a World Cup replete with set-piece goals, a corner again proved decisive when Umtiti timed his run perfectly to meet Antoine Griezmann's delivery six minutes into the second half.
Now in the final of the World Cup, the Frenchmen have only 90 minutes between them and immortality by winning the trophy.
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They certainly hope to keep the party going on Sunday in the final in Moscow.
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Belgium took early control of midfield with France content to sit deep and eliminate the threat of counter-attacks Hazard and De Bruyne.
The game's opening moments were unexpectedly boring, with both sides showing some cautiousness, limiting the goalkeepers to just a few loose balls to pick up.
"It brings back excellent memories, but that was in the final, this is the semifinal".
With Ngolo Kante marshalling the effort, France were on De Bruyne and Hazard like a flash, snuffing out the slightest opportunity for them to probe the French defence.
"Two years ago, I remember what happened two years ago", Deschamps said.