France edges Belgium to reach World Cup final

Rex Christensen
July 11, 2018

After reaching the quarterfinals at the 2014 World Cup and the European Championship in 2016, Belgium again missed the chance to get to an global final and has yet to fulfil its lofty expectations. Brazil simply could not cope with him in the first half of their quarter-final.

His best chance arrived via more good work from Mbappe with a cushioned cross, but the Chelsea striker could only slice horribly wide on his favoured left foot.

Antoine Griezmann intercepted the ball from de Bruyne in midfield and lobbed it to Mbappe on the right. Goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois was impregnable, even with Neymar probing for weaknesses. His two goals against La Albiceleste had the BBC making Pele comparisons. Both matches happened during the Round of 16.

And now, with England's biggest game in years on the horizon, Alli has directly tweeted fans to show his appreciation for what they've done throughout the World Cup (see below). Sign up for our month-long newsletter. Every match day through the final July 15.

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Fox Sport Asia: "This should be a very intriguing match-up given the depth of talent that these two teams have". Spanish-language Telemundo just posted its best-ever Friday daytime audience in network history with its quarterfinal broadcasts and has matched that feat on two other weekdays during this tournament, which kicked off June 14.

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England are the surprise package at this World Cup and they take on Croatia in Wednesday's second semi-final at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow and Whelan fancies them to win too. Sports Illustrated's Planet Fútbol predicted a 2-1 win for France.

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Against an on-fire Kylian Mbappe, Hazard might be required to put another defensive shift in. The Guardian's Martin Laurence seemingly went against the grain, however, and predicted a 2-1 win for Belgium.

Best World Cup finish: Fourth place, 1986.

For Belgium, all eyes will be on the three gleaming stars from the nation's "golden generation".

Two minutes later, the Real Madrid defender was in position again to divert a unsafe cross from de Bruyne.

Usually tournament awards are given to the players who are the most influential attackers or the leading goal scorer-and that's why the candidates we have been hearing until this point are Luka Modric, Eden Hazard and Harry Kane.

Belgium's rapid counters should make this a remarkably stretched game, not unlike France's 4-3 victory over Argentina, with huge gaps opening centrally for the young Paris Saint-Germain forward.

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