It was a match at the highest level played with undeniable quality.
While Asterix is a Frenchman, Tintin - the daring journalist - has Belgium as his home.
Tintin and Asterix have always been rivals in the world of the comic strips for both are popular for their entertainment and art.
Deschamps said Belgium were hard rivals and had "made us suffer, but its good we were pragmatic and realistic".
"Every city we've played in, and our base in particular, but everywhere we've played, we've had a really warm welcome, the organization of the tournament has been absolutely first-class".More news: Croatia hopes it has finally found a team to better 1998 squad
England has not been as far as the semi-finals since they last hosted the tournament in 1966. Of the tournament's star players, Romelu Lukaku has performed as strongly as we expected him to.
Now in its 10th year, the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation has raised over £12million to date - and Lady Elsie took pride of place at its most recent fundraising event.
Sixty eight percent of Russians surveyed by pollster VTsIOM said they watched the match against Croatia, while data from MediaScope showed the game attracted similar viewing figures to President Vladimir Putin's New Year address, traditionally one of the mostly widely watched programs on TV.
England has been craving a top title since it won the World Cup in 1966 and has a tremendous, unforseen opportunity ahead, with the weight of its country on its shoulders.
"It's a group of people who want to share the vision of making Belgian football proud and they've done that".
Kevin De Bruyne's World Cup performances are worthy of greater praise, according to Belgium head coach Roberto Martinez. "Putin warmly congratulated Macron and all French fans on their team's victory in this match and their advancement to the World Cup final", the statement reads. "Now I want to go and see what's going on in Russian Federation", said one fan, Michael Roberts, 27, as he waited for his flight.