Published: Wed, July 11, 2018
Entertaiment | By Lawrence Myers

France vs Belgium: A 'Final Quality' Match

France vs Belgium: A 'Final Quality' Match

The result means France can set their sights on Moscow and a third World Cup final, where either England or Croatia stand between them and football's greatest prize, while it will be bronze at best for Belgium's golden generation.

For France, who have reached this stage five times before, a win will take them to their third World Cup final - they lost to Germany in 2006 after a World Cup win at home eight years before that.

The European heavyweights went blow-for-blow in a largely tactical game, but it was Les Bleus who captialised on their chances to book their 2018 World Cup final berth.

French keeper Hugo Lloris and Belgium's Thibaut Courtois kept clean sheets in the first half, denying assaults from each side.

For all its possession, Belgium - the top scorers in this competition - were unable to break a robust French defense and will rue not capitalizing on its dominant first-half display.

What: France will play Belgium in the semifinals at the 2018 FIFA World Cup. "Our last three games were different because we played teams with a defensive approach", he said.

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Confidence is sky-high after they ousted Neymar's Brazil in the quarter-finals but they will come up against formidable opponents in France as they try to reach a first ever World Cup final.

Belgium will depend upon Martinez's match awareness, Henry's experience as a French legend and the ability of their players to overcome a strong French side in the first semi-final.

Post scoring the goal, France had largely wasted time while Belgium made a few chances but failed.

A Belgium team featuring numerous same stars lost 1-0 to Argentina in the World Cup quarterfinal four years ago and then was shocked 3-1 by Wales in the European Championship quarterfinals two years ago.

Captain Harry Kane is the man leading England's charge in Russian Federation with six goals so far, putting him top in the race for the Golden Boot.

France coach Didier Deschamps agrees Henry will be in a tough spot at the St Petersburg Stadium.

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Lukaku missed the ball in the box on 88 minutes from a driven cross by De Bruyne.

France and Belgium are seen as the strongest teams left in the competition, which means the victor of Tuesday's match will head into the final as favourites to be crowned world champions. That one goal makes the difference'.

"For sure, I would rather him being with us and giving me the advice, but you can't be jealous, and it is not shocking me at all", said French forward Olivier Giroud, about Henry, reported Reuters.

France are through to the World Cup final. France were in the final of the Euros, but I don't want any of my players to be frustrated or disappointed.

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.

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