Published: Wed, July 11, 2018
Sports | By Jonathan Ford

France, Belgium Clash In Mouth-Watering Semi-Final Matchup

France, Belgium Clash In Mouth-Watering Semi-Final Matchup

After the match, Belgium boss Roberto Martinez said his team wanted to win the third-place play-off to finish the tournament "on a real high".

Lineup: Thibaut Courtois, Toby Alderweireld, Vincent Kompany, Jan Vertonghen, Axel Witsel, Kevin De Bruyne, Marouane Fellaini, Romelu Lukaku, Eden Hazard, Mousa Dembele, Nacer Chadli.

Bringing back a system he used successfully during his first season at Everton, Martinez deployed a false nine and Lukaku on the right. Of course, it is a hard situation, it really is not easy for him.

Eden Hazard, on the other hand, has been the major creative outlet for Belgium.

N'golo Kante's role in central midfield may not grab the most headlines. They know how to attack well.

As of now, France is the favorite to win it all at 2-1, while Belgium is the second-biggest favorite at 5-2. Meunier has been effective for Belgium, but hasn't shown the flash and talent that make him successful in France.

The Barcelona defender came on as a second-half substitute in Belgium's 2-1 quarter-final victory over Brazil - a match he believes has given the team more belief that lifting the trophy is possible. Expect him to make plenty of runs on the shoulder of the Manchester City centre-back, leading to a frantic end-to-end game with plenty of goals.

"And we have to be like that, I think, if we are going to get in the final, so we'll have to perform well and play well."
These two historic nations were Les Bleus' opponents during the Round of 16 and the quarter-finals, respectively, but Didier Deschamps' men brushed them aside with relative ease.

For the first time this summer, the benefits of training under Pep Guardiola and Mauricio Pochettino became clear. 'There will be a lot of great players on the pitch'.

This is likely to do damage to Croatia as legs tire, particularly given that Zlatko Dalic's side don't have a strong anchor in midfield. Meanwhile, Griezmann has provided more consistency, while his 92 points the last time out against Uruguay, when he scored once and created three chances, matches Mbappe's top performance.

The semi-final represents the best opportunity for the current crop of Belgian stars to reach their true potential.

But the Daily Telegraph can reveal that, far from having cleaned up their act, Croatia fans have been at it again in Russian Federation.

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".

"Maybe it will be a more hard match than against Brazil". "They have everything they need to be a great team and they are a great team".

"Kylian Mbappe seems to have a maturity that you shouldn't posses at that age and it's all so effortless", Murphy said.

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