Published: Tue, July 10, 2018
Culture&Arts | By Dora Pope

France and Belgium fight it out for World Cup final place

France and Belgium fight it out for World Cup final place

Belgium captain Eden Hazard has admitted he used to support semi-final opposition France when he was a kid.

The semi-final matchup of the European neighbours promises to be full of intrigue as France aim to return to the final for the first time since a Zinedine Zidane-led team did so in Germany in 2006.

"It is going to be a 50-50 chance between Belgium and France".

With England or Croatia awaiting, the victor of this one will go in to Sunday's final as the favorites.

Both Belgium and France topped their groups.

While, Martinez isn't expected to mirror the entirety of his masterplan against France, this newfound setup is the flawless marriage between Belgium's high-flying offensive interplay and resoluteness at the back with the Alderweireld-Kompany-Vertonghen trio coming to the fore against one of the tournament's most potent attacking threats in Brazil.

France are looking to reach their third World Cup final in the last 20 years, while Belgium are vying for their first-ever decisive match.

Now it is his job to help halt the run of his home nation.

"What we didn't have was worldwide experience, the know-how of winning a World Cup, the know-how of being a footballer expected to perform in front of the world, and knowing how you feel in those moments".

On Monday, meanwhile, Belgium's Kevin de Bruyne was asked cheekily if he thought Henry might sing the French national anthem on Wednesday night. But this is a hard situation, it is not easy for him'.

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Belgium winger Nacer Chadli has said Spanish coach Roberto Martinez deserved credit for the team's success at the 2018 World Cup.

France looked defensively solid in the 2-0 victory over Uruguay.

Roberto Martinez's surprise 4-3-3 was just insane enough to confuse the Brazil defence throughout the first half of their quarter-final, which puts them in a strong position to do something similar on the counter-attack against France - particularly through the middle. In the end, both find their scoring touch, but France's defense is a bit better and makes the difference.

France and Belgium will face each other on July 10 in Saint Petersburg for the Russian Federation 2018 World Cup semi-final football match. They're expected to field their strongest teams for this one.

"We know there are going to be hard moments and we'll have to be ready to suffer. They played a great game against Brazil with a specific game plan", said the 49-year-old Deschamps.

However, their backline will face its biggest test yet against a Belgian team that are top scorers at Russian Federation 2018 with 14 goals in their five games, with the strikes coming from nine different players - a record in diversity shared with the French team of 1982 and Italian side of 2006.

The Manchester United striker has chipped in with four goals and, as for the diminutive midfielder, he's typically worked tirelessly in the middle of the park.

Former England defender Wayne Bridge is our guest for the game, where victory would set up a clash with England or Croatia in the World Cup final in Moscow on Sunday.

Both teams have overcome hard South American opposition to reach the last four.

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