France Faces Belgium for a Place in the World Cup Final
The first finalist in the 21st edition of the World Cup will be decided today in the semi-final between France and Belgium. The two teams will play at 21:00 at the Krestovski stadium in St. Petersburg. The duel is expected to cause incredible interest as two of the strongest teams in the tournament will face each other.
France reached this stage after defeating Uruguay with 2:0 in the previous round. Against the South Americans, the "cocks" once again demonstrated the typical for Didier Deschamps pragmatic style of play, which, however, continues to bring them success. The goals of Rafael Varane and Antoine Griezmann, backed by Hugo Loris's solid performance under the goal frame, guaranteed France to be ranked in the top 4 of the tournament for the sixth time in their history (1958, 1982, 1986, 1998 and 2006).
On the other hand, Belgium has eliminated one of the main favorites in the Russia World Cup - Brazil. "The Red Devils" won 2:1 over Seleção's star team and showed why Roberto Martinez's team is often considered one of the most talented in Belgian history. With players like Eden Hazard, Romelu Lukaku and Kevin De Bruyne fans can expect something big from this team, which has secured only the second semifinal for the country at the World Cup, the first one being in 1986.
An impressive series of "red devils" who have not known the taste of defeat in their last 24 games (19 wins and 5 draws) must also be reported. For the last time they lost in September 2016 from Spain. The biggest absence for the Belgians will be Paris Saint-Germain's defender Thomas Meunier, who will miss the semi-finals because of accumulated yellow cards. For France, the midfielder Blaise Matuidi is likely to return to the starting lineup at the expense of Tolisso.
So far France and Belgium have played a total of 74 games against each other, of which only 2 have been on world finals. In both cases, the winners were the "cocks", their last clash being in the small final of the World Cup in Mexico in 1986, won by the French with 4:2.
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