France edges Belgium, advances to World Cup final

FRA VS BEL

2018 FIFA World Cup Prediction: France vs Belgium

Belgium's returning first-team players made a sluggish start against the Samurai Blue and suddenly found themselves trailing by two goals with time ebbing away. They reached the 2006 final in Berlin, but lost to Italy on penalties.

It means the 1998 World Cup winners will play either England or Croatia in the final on Sunday.

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Belgium will depend upon Martinez's match awareness, Henry's experience as a French legend and the ability of their players to overcome a strong French side in the first semi-final. He is on the bench and facing his home nation.

Asked what Macron said, Mbappe replied: "President Macron said that he would see us in the semifinals, and that he was going to come back to see us with the World Cup".

Belgium's Kevin De Bruyne said Henry had talked little about his feelings. "It is a hard situation, it really is not easy for him".

Samuel Umtiti headed the only goal in a 1-0 semi-final win over Belgium in Saint Petersburg on Tuesday, consigning the Red Devils "golden generation" to another bitter defeat.

Meanwhile, France coach Didier Deschamps is confident he has prepared his players for any tactical surprises his opposite number Martinez might spring. BBC Sports' Mark Lawrenson predicted a 2-0 win for the French.

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Deschamps and Henry were teammates together in France '98, when the hosts beat Brazil in Paris to lift what is their only major tournament trophy.

Lukaku has enjoyed a great World Cup so far - following on from scoring 27 goals in his first season with Manchester United. Almost 20 million viewers tuned in for the win over Sweden and social media is awash with videos of excited fans watching on big screens in bars and parks, fanatically celebrating every England goal. De Bruyne said. "We are a small country".

Samuel Umtiti's goal from a corner gave them the win, and they were happy to play the entire match on the counter-attack.

"Even in my biggest dreams I had not imagined that, and yet I am a big dreamer".

"All the players think that our manager is a step ahead tactically, and I think that our hunger for victory will be greater than theirs". Lukaku is on four goals and Griezmann and Mbappe have three each.

"So two teams packed with stars, going head-to-head for a place in the World Cup final".

However, they say they will have no objection if the Centre Court crowd want to take sneak peeks of the action from Moscow on their phones. The European neighbors meet in St. Petersburg to decide who will meet either England or Croatia in the final.

"England was one of the favorites for me for the tournament because they have a young and hungry team with no big, global stars, so it won't be easy for us", he admitted.

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