How to Watch France-Belgium World Cup Semi Final 2018

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After all, they have won their five World Cup matches, and their road has been significantly tougher than France's one. But Pickford's rags-to-riches story nearly seems too good to be true at this point. "Survive and advance" is the mantra squads live by.

And the Chelsea winger will be eager to make his mark against France, just as he did in showdowns with Panama, Tunisia, Japan and Brazil at the finals.

"We know we have some unbelievable players and a great manager and everyone is clear on what we want to do".

It's easy to be suspicious of Roberto Martinez, so much a smooth talker that he occasionally comes across as a motivational speaker or self-help guru who fell into football nearly by accident. But Deschamps has quickly eased concerns over the starlet, insisting he will have a fully fit squad to choose from. Fitness could play a part in determining which side will play a second consecutive game at Luzhniki Stadium.

Chadli didn't start the tournament but has been pivotal to this Belgian team. Harry Maguire looks capable of winning every ball floated into the box right now and England's set pieces have confused multiple teams at this tournament. Deschamps' men are yet to hit the top gear, though.

The last time Belgium lost a match was in August, 2016.

France's defence wasn't really tested against Australia, Peru or Denmark. Defeated Uruguay in the quarterfinals, 2-0. They looking solid at the back in that game and there was no mistake in any department that night.

If the squad was deemed too young to compete in 2014, then Euro 2016 was surely a full-blown choke, as they lost to a Welsh team that didn't make it to Russian Federation.

By the time he returned in November, the league title all but belonged to Manchester City, a fate that moved closer in early December, with Pogba suspended after being sent off in an otherwise fine display at Arsenal, as United fell to a 2-1 defeat on derby day. He's doing plenty of the things strikers rarely get credit for.

France, world champions in 1998, are slight favourites to go through according to most bookmakers, but Belgium tend to step up their game against these particular European rivals, if history is anything to go by.

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Eden Hazard is rated as the third most-likely Belgium player to score against France.

Here were two emerging talents of world football with high price tags to match.

Both teams will have to deal with the pressure of succeeding, and succeeding now: Given their opponents in the final, neither will have a better chance to win the World Cup, and Belgium in particular have a celebrated generation of players who need to deliver now, because who knows when this small country will produce a better group.

These links extend to their respective football teams, who meet on Tuesday evening to contest a place in the World Cup final.

Apart from this one change, Martinez might opt to go in with the same team that cruised past Brazil.

"I'm pleased for him".

French midfielder N'Golo Kante has quietly been one of the tidiest players at this tournament.

Stung into action, Martinez sent on Marouane Fellaini and Nacer Chadli in the 65th minute, and both were heavily involved as Belgium pulled off a late comeback, with Chadli securing victory with practically the last kick of the game.

This combination of pictures shows Belgium´s forward Eden Hazard (L) on July 2, 2018 and France´s forward Antoine Griezmann on June 21, 2018.

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