France vs. Belgium final score, recap

France players celebrate after Samuel Umtiti scored his side's goal during the FIFA World Cup semi-final against Belgium at the St. Petersburg Stadium on Tuesday

'We're going to face one of the best attacking teams, ' Lloris said.

Belgium are the tournament's top scorers, and Martinez sprang a surprise by changing his system in the quarter-final against Brazil, moving target man Romelu Lukaku out wide so Kevin de Bruyne could operate as a "false nine". Victory against France - a team against whom they have historically, and somewhat surprisingly, enjoyed an upper hand; of their 73 games Belgium have won 30 to France's 24 - will only add to their growing legend.

Lukaku led the counter-attack which led to Belgium's second goal against Brazil in the quarter-final and also set up their victor against Japan in the second round with an astute, unselfish dummy.

Tuesday's game has an added twist of intrigue in that the French and Belgian players know each other so well. Romelu Lukaku and Paul Pogba, team-mates at Manchester United, would be coming face-to-face.

France booked their place in the semi-final with a comfortable 2-0 win over Uruguay, while Belgium's route here saw them defeat five-time winners Brazil in the quarters. "But if they [Belgium] play their style of football they can play the role of the capable underdog and beat the mighty French team and book a spot in the final". 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. "It's not the Thierry Henry show; I am here to help the squad".

Deschamps and Belgium coach Roberto Martinez will have a tactical duel on the sidelines of the pitch.

"He is lucky to be with a team with a fine generation of players".

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He had been brought on when Belgium were in dire straits and was involved at the beginning of the decisive counter-attack, which came from a Japanese corner, and applied the finishing touch after sprinting the entire length of the field. "I don't want to offend him but he has benefitted from the work done by [former Belgium coach] Marc Wilmots. On the personal front it is with great pleasure that I'm going to see him tomorrow".

"His heart will be divided", said French captain and goalkeeper Hugo Lloris.

France coach Didier Deschamps has faced some criticism for being too pragmatic and functional despite having so many stars in his squad, but the organization of the team was superb and Belgium was largely restricted to only minor chances that were kept out by the flying Lloris.

Instead of a trip to Moscow, Belgium will return to St. Petersburg for the third-place match.

As Belgium manager Roberto Martinez said before, he's a victor and a warrior, "Quite simply Marouane Fellaini is a team player, a footballer who shares the best possible mentality for the team".

De Bruyne is one of the most astute passers of the ball in the game, and one of its best long-range marksmen. We immensely respect the quality of France. How deep, or advanced, will Kevin de Bruyne play?

He compared Henry's early steps in coaching to those followed by Zinedine Zidane at Real Madrid before he took the top job and went on to win three Champions League titles in a row.

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