"Brazil have the best depth to their squad and have lots of options, and for that reason I think they will win it", he said.
The South American side, suffering due to the absence of striker Edinson Cavani through injury, nearly struck back immediately. Instead, they had the pleasure of seeing their own elite centre-back, Raphael Varane, not only put in a masterful display in the heart of the French defence, but also make a telling contribution at the other end. No matter how it plays out, we are in for a treat.
Instead, the former Arsenal frontman - who moved to Stamford Bridge for about £18m in January - is preferred for his link play with Antoine Griezmann and Kylian Mbappe, who have made most of the headlines with their goals in Russian Federation.
"I'm always happy to see how, for instance, Cavani trained today [Thursday] with his team-mates and to see how they joked around is very positive", he said.
"I've already said enough about Cavani".
Many French fans had been expecting Uruguay's central defensive pairing of Diego Godin and Jose Gimenez to play a crucial role in the match.
"If you want to achieve something, you have to fight for it every time", said Lukaku, who has impressed at the World Cup with four goals and is second in the Golden Boot race, behind England's Harry Kane with six.
"We're really strong in our beliefs and we really have been from the outset". But it has undergone a revival in the last 12 years under the 71-year-old Tabarez, a former elementary school teacher.
"We talked about it at half-time to see if we could solve it right away, and made some substitutions, but then France got their second goal and were able to control the game".