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France take on Belgium for a place in the final

11 Juillet 2018

"During the match everyone will be on their own side, and we will do everything to seize any opportunity to reach the final of the World Cup".

The golden generation of Belgium is trying to win their maiden worldwide title, to set a benchmark for its teams of the future to be compared to. Chelsea's poster boy has taken on the mantle of the captain in fine fashion by being simply unplayable at times and will be The Red Devils' danger man on Tuesday. Belgium, meanwhile, required a comeback from 2-0 down vs. Japan to reach the last eight, where it then held on to defeat Brazil and reach the semis for the first time since 1986. Both sides are coming off of impressive quarter-final performances and there is a sense that the victor of the tournament will probably come from this tie. Along with Eden Hazard's free role, this completely bamboozled Brazil - even causing Fernandinho, usually so dominant, to twist and turn helplessly.

"Perhaps he will sing the Marseillaise (before the game), which I find normal", De Bruyne said.

After a cagey opening, Paul Pogba's ball over the top nearly created an opportunity in the box for Mbappe before the same combination a few minutes later saw Belgium goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois forced to race out and smother a throughball before Mbappe could get on the end of it. They will need to be at their very best defensively against the Belgians, and look to Mbappe and Antoine Griezmann to get the better of the opposition defence. His two goals against La Albiceleste had the BBC making Pele comparisons. France came off the mark hot with Kylian Mbappe' immediately raising alarms for Belgium by bursting down the flank and squaring the ball for Griezmann, who was unable to line up a shot. Both sides put in composed quarter-final performances and are now just a game away from the biggest prize in World Football.

His predecessor, Marc Wilmots, recalled putting De Bruyne up against Serbia defender Aleksandar Kolarov in a qualifier for the 2014 World Cup. Sign up for our month-long newsletter.

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The winners will progress to Sunday's final at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow to face either Croatia or England, while the losers will play in the third-place play-off on Saturday. In 2009, after his infamous handball against Ireland in the 2010 World Cup playoffs, Henry never felt supported by his people either.

Coming to Henry's defense was former team mate and fellow World Cup victor Emmanuel Petit who slammed the criticism of Henry as "a load of rubbish".

It seems as though those flaws have been ironed out going by the 4-3 and 2-0 victories France inflicted over Argentina and Uruguay. The last time the two were involved in a Manchester derby, Pogba inspired a scintillating United comeback for a 3-2 victory.

Lukaku led the counter-attack which led to Belgium's second goal against Brazil in the quarter-final and also set up their victor against Japan in the second round with an astute, unselfish dummy.

Federation Internationale de Football Association world ranking: 3.

France take on Belgium for a place in the final