How to Watch France-Belgium World Cup Semi Final 2018


On a mission: Eden Hazard has captained Belgium to the World Cup semi-finals.

Belgium will be seeking to break new ground by reaching the final for the first time in their history - indeed they have only reached the semi-finals once before, in 1986.

The victor will face either Croatia or England, who play Thursday (2am Malaysia time), in Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium on Sunday.

Giroud jokes Thierry Henry has chosen the wrong camp ahead of France v Belgium.

France manager Didier Deschamps has branded Thierry Henry as an enemy as he prepares his team to face Belgium in the semi-finals of the World Cup.

France won its first and only World Cup in 1998, while Belgium has yet to raise the trophy. "But tomorrow, as a professional, he will be channeling all his passion into the Belgian team".

Not only did this change help in pressurising the duo of Fernandinho and Paulinho, but it also gave playmaker Kevin De Bruyne the platform to take risks and put himself in advanced positions.

"Perhaps he will sing the Marseillaise (before the game), which I find normal", De Bruyne said. "It is a hard situation - freakish - it is not easy for him". On Tuesday, the count will be whittled down to three when two heavyweights of the game clash in Saint Petersburg.

The 23-man Belgium squad has 12 players who play in the Premier League, a competition which Kante has dominated to such an extent that he has now won two league titles in his three-year stay in the division.

Chadli netted a dramatic stoppage-time victor in the round of 16 against Japan as Belgium came from two goals down to win 3-2.

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France displayed different qualities in overcoming Uruguay in their quarter-final, winning 2-0 in an attritional contest which lacked the spark of the Argentina victory but was equally as impressive in its control and game management.

They also lost the 2006 final to Italy on penalties, though experience won't be a factor given that not a single player left in the tournament has ever reached the showpiece before. France have had a seriously strong run this World Cup, and the country's squad - don't forget Pogba - is always risky.

"We know them and they know us", said Deschamps. "We know each other inside out because many of us [who will be on opposite sides] play for the same clubs".

They came from every continent, but the two semifinals will see four European countries fight for bragging rights and more importantly a place in Sunday's 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.

But a simple duplication of style might not to do against a formidable French team without injury or suspension issues.

France: Hugo Lloris; Lucas Hernandez, Samuel Umtiti, Raphael Varane, Benjamin Pavard; N'Golo Kante, Paul Pogba; Corentin Tolisso, Antoine Griezmann, Kylian Mbappe; Olivier Giroud.

In France, the game will air at 8 PM local time on leading commercial broadcaster TF1, which drew its largest audience of the tournament - and its highest ratings of the year - with 12.9 million watching France beat Uruguay.

No player has made more successful dribbles in a World Cup match than Hazard managed vs Brazil (9), while the Belgian sensation was fouled seven times on the night, as per

It promises to be a fascinating encounter as France & Belgium battle it out for a place in the final of the World Cup.

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