France vs Belgium, a short history

11 July, 2018, 01:55 | Author: Suzanne Horton
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France and Belgium will meet in the 2018 FIFA World Cup semifinals later today in St. Petersburg, Russia, pitting the neighboring countries (the game is being billed as "La Fête des Voisins", or The Neighbors' Party) against each other for a chance to play for the title Sunday against the victor of Wednesday's England-Croatia matchup. All you need to do is find your local Fox station to watch the France vs. Belgium game for free in English, or find Telemundo to watch and listen to the match in Spanish (complete with the "Gooooooooooaal!" call every time someone scores).

France goalkeeper Hugo Lloris made a great save in each half, denying the potent Belgian attack of Eden Hazard, Kevin De Bruyne and Romelu Lukaku the chance to advance the country to its first major final.

Robert Kidd, Forbes: "I backed Brazil to get the better of Belgium in the quarter-final and won't make the mistake of underestimating the Red Devils again".

"Today is an unfortunate situation where we have a ball into an area where we've got our structure right". But there haven't been one or two secrets to make it work, it's been common sense. Both play in England's Premier League and have come up against each other before. Having already lived up to their pre-tournament billing as World Cup contenders, France and Belgium seek to move to within touching distance of their ultimate goal at the expense of their next-door neighbors.

Much like their opponents, Les Bleus also boast of an arsenal of assassins up front. It signalled the blossoming of the defensive duo of Raphael Varane and Samuel Umtiti, who had managed to keep Luis Suarez and co at bay with rock-solid display at the back.

"He gives his precise and important advice to the Belgians. It's not the Thierry Henry show; I am here to help the squad".

Oddsmakers widely consider France the favorite in the matchup. The spread had France at -130, while Belgium was at +110. So all of the above applies for fans hoping to watch England and Croatia play for a spot in the World Cup 2018 finals. As Newsweek previously wrote, it has been a tournament chock-full of favorites going down and underdogs rising. France came off the mark hot with Kylian Mbappe' immediately raising alarms for Belgium by bursting down the flank and squaring the ball for Griezmann, who was unable to line up a shot.

Along with the French and Gabonese presidents and the king and queen of Belgium, there was rock "n" roll royalty watching the game. The model from the data-centric website FiveThirtyEight seemingly predicted a tight matchup.

France will counter with an extremely talented lineup including emerging 19 year-old star Kylian Mbappe leading the way. Sports Illustrated's Planet Fútbol predicted a 2-1 win for France. Defeated Brazil in the quarterfinals, 2-1.

They have sealed a place in the semis for only the second time, and the first since 1986. As the match ticked into extra time, it was France that was asking the questions.



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