Belgium's assistant coach Thierry Henry plays with the ball during a training session of Belgium's national football team at the Guchkovo Stadium in Dedovsk, outside Moscow, on July 8, 2018, ahead of their Russian Federation 2018 World Cup semi-final football match against France.
The game will feature plenty of talented attackers and has the potential to be one of the most exciting games of the competition.
Instead of playing Sunday in Moscow for its first World Cup, Belgium will be back in St. Petersburg on Saturday, playing in the third-place match and wondering if its championship window has closed. France are favored, but Belgium could make several changes that could tip the scales. Les Bleus topped Group C without really convincing, but knockout-stage wins over Argentina and Uruguay have enhanced their credentials as serious contenders. It was a deserved win by Didier Deschamp's team, which had 19 shots, 10 more than Belgium.
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"There is still one more step to take, but we are proud of what we have done".
Belgium dramatically came from two goals down to defeat Japan 3-2 in their round of 16 clash before producing one of the most complete displays of the tournament in knocking out favourites Brazil 2-1 in the quarter-finals.
"But he did know that, from the time he was joining the management team and becoming assistant to Martinez, that could happen".
Just three matches remain in the 2018 World Cup, the first of which is scheduled to kick off on Tuesday when France is scheduled to take on Belgium in a highly anticipated semifinal matchup. That was a breakthrough for France with the clock reading 51 minutes.
World Cup favourites France are targeting the final in Russian Federation two decades after their 1998 triumph with one of their greatest players, Thierry Henry, plotting their downfall from the dugout of opponents Belgium.
Mbappe starred as France beat Belgium 1-0 in Wednesday's World Cup semi-final, booking a spot against either England or Croatia, creating a great chance for Olivier Giroud with a wonderful backheel pass.
Deschamps now has the chance to become the third person to win the World Cup as a player and a coach, after Germany great Franz Beckenbauer and Brazil's Mario Zagallo.
When Eden Hazard cut down the left flank and sent in a cross into the box in the sixth minute, the ball was met with a panicky clearance from the French backline.
As a child, Hazard used to study videos of the man who led France to the World Cup in 1998 - and stepped down as Real boss in May, to hone and copy his skills.
Belgium: Courtois, Alderweireld, Kompany, Vertonghen, Chadli, Dembele, Witsel, Fellaini, De Bruyne, Lukaku, Eden Hazard. Then, he's often terrific at not just winning balls, but also sending France's attack in the other direction quickly.
Umtiti rose brilliantly to shrug off Marouane Fellaini and head in Antoine Griezmann's corner for his first goal of the tournament. France won't enjoy the time on the ball and space to use it the likes of and Australia granted in earlier World Cup 2018 games.
Hazard was risky again moments later when he cut in from the left and unleashed a rasping drive which clipped off the back of Raphael Varane and just over the bar.
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