France beat Belgium to make World Cup final

England World Cup semi-final

Belgium and France are considered the top two teams left in the World Cup.

Belgium is the team France has met the most over its history and we have to go back to 1904 for the first match. Belgium are buzzing after their victory over Brazil while France are flying following their win against Uruguay.

France and Belgium have met a staggering 73 times, their first meeting having been a 3-3 draw in 1904.

The 2-1 scoreline flattered the South Americans, who were blown away in the first half, and Belgium's "Golden Generation" seems to be clicking at just the right time - they look on course to reach their first ever World Cup final.

"I'm pleased for him, he's someone I really appreciate", Deschamps said.

Adding fuel to the rivalry flames is the fact that former French national team legend Thierry Henry serves as an assistant to Belgium's Martinez-meaning the French hero will likely be doing his best to make sure his home country loses. I haven't seen this as a weakness. They come in to the match on the back of an impressive, if somewhat nervy, victory over Brazil in the last round and the Spanish boss believes their preparations are starting to pay off.

"We've strived to be as good as we could be at worldwide level and it's taken us two years to get there".

For the die-hard France fans, there's one twist that makes this semifinal convincing.

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With Kevin De Bruyne and Eden Hazard in fantastic form creating chances for themselves and Romelu Lukaku up front, Vincent Kompany fit again at the heart of the defense and Thibaut Courtois standing tall in goal, these Red Devils racked up more goals than any other team in the World Cup. "I don't want any of my players to be frustrated and disappointed. That's the quality that he has".

Deschamps, coach at Euro 2016 and captain of the 1998 World Cup winners, suggested as much.

Nacer Chadli deputised for the suspended Thomas Muenier at right wing-back, allowing Moussa Dembele to join the midfield.

"Belgium played a great game against Brazil with a specific game plan". Will they do something similar against us?

"It's me that scored", Umtiti said, "but we all delivered a big game". Harry Maguire's brilliant aerial performances so far this tournament, culminating in him winning 22 headers against Sweden and Colombia, would suggest Jordan Pickford's goal won't be regularly troubled.

Les Bleus are headed to the World Cup final.

In addition to the France vs. Belgium game today, the all-Europe semifinal match, England vs. Croatia, is scheduled for tomorrow, Wednesday, July 11.

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