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

France vs Belgium Start Time & Odds

France vs Belgium Start Time & Odds

"It is freakish to have Thierry against us in this match", Giroud told reporters.

I pointed out before the tournament how much his reading of the game has improved in recent seasons - if he is heavily marked, he knows where and when to move to drag his markers to open up space for his teammates.

As quick as Chadli is, Belgium can't counter Mbappe with speed, they'll have to do it with good positional play and smart tactics. Marouane Fellaini, who has oft-partnered Pogba in the United midfield, will now be looking to stop the powerful Frenchman. Kevin De Bruyne combined with the ex-Chelsea man to score a thunderous strike past a hapless Allison, dominating proceedings in an advanced false 9 role.

Having reached the last four for the sixth time in their history, the 39-year-old feels Didier Deschamps' side have all it takes to get past the Red Devils and win the championship in Russian Federation.

"Because of the seven years I spent in France I feel 99 percent Belgian and one percent French, but the idea of taking French nationality never crossed my mind" Hazard once said when asked about the possibility.

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France have youth on their side but Didier Deschamps does his best to keep them organised and won't let them run wild and free. "However, during the match, there will be no friendship". Henry may have a confined role, but he is part of an admired coaching team, led by Martinez, who have been tactically dynamic in the tournament, sometimes in adversity, as when substitutions rescued a 2-0 deficit against Japan; sometimes very proactively, when some radical changes, in formation and deployment of key players, underpinned a famous victory, against Brazil in the last eight.

Wednesday represents a date with destiny, and Martinez plans to attend with the same mantra that once helped him and his players to numerous against-the-odds wins for Wigan in the Premier League: "No fear". This is the team with the highest number of goals scored in the World Cup, 15, so far.

Handed the armband by Roberto Martinez despite Vincent Kompany's return from injury, the Spaniard has drawn out Hazard's leadership qualities. He is more proactive than reactive. That familiarity with playing styles could affect how these teams approach one another in this semifinals match.

Deschamps also took a jibe at Martinez. "This current crop of Belgian players knows each other and they play at some of the top clubs", he said. Probably. Their team is geared forward. "They do it well, they do it fast".

Belgium will be seeking to break new ground by reaching the final for the first time in their history - they have only reached the semi-finals once before, in 1986. "They are a fantastic team". But the 27-year-old burst onto center stage in knockout matches as Martinez pushed him into a more attacking position. "We need to be the best version of ourselves", Martinez said. His run down the left ended with a unsafe cross to the near post, which Samuel Umtiti was forced to put out for a corner-and very almost steered into his own net. "There is a lot of respect between us".

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