France will go into their World Cup semi-final against neighbors Belgium with a "hunger to win" and a desire to show their 1998 World Cup victor Thierry Henry that he picked the wrong side, forward Olivier Giroud said on Sunday.
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Olivier Giroud would have no qualms about finishing Russian Federation 2018 without a goal to his name if France finish by lifting the World Cup.
Considering the attacking strength of France and Belgium, there's potential for a goal-fest when the European neighbours meet in the World Cup semifinals on Tuesday.
Perhaps the most interesting aspect centers around how three of the four semifinalists: France, Belgium and England, have a reputation for not meeting the promise of their traditionally extremely talented rosters.
Tom Fornelli's take: It's essentially a toss-up here, but in the end I just trust France's ability to defend better than Belgium's right now.
So which team has the best chance to win the 2018 World Cup? "But we're not thinking about it too much, we're going to be focused on the pitch and our game".
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Stung into action, Martinez sent on Marouane Fellaini and Nacer Chadli in the 65th minute, and both were heavily involved as Belgium pulled off a late comeback, with Chadli securing victory with practically the last kick of the game.
France will take on Belgium at the St Petersburg Stadium and enter the match as the bookies' favourite to win the tournament outright and bring back the trophy for the second time in their history.
This might be Belgium's first appearance in a World Cup semifinal since 1986, but make no mistake, the Red Devils has earned its place in the last four. "As long as we win, that's fine with me".
If you were expecting something Paul Pogba-esque then you certainly you'd be disappointed for Hazard is definitely one modern-day player who lets his feet do the talking. It also gives Antoine Griezmann space to roam. Belgium wins a back-and-forth affair, but only just barely.
Belgium are unbeaten in their last 24 matches in all competitions, winning 19 and drawing five.
Talking to beIN Sports France ahead of Tuesday's World Cup semifinal clash between the two in Saint Petersburg, the Chelsea star spoke about the Paris Saint-Germain forward in glowing terms. Prediction: Belgium 3, France 2.
Giroud, naturally, would rather have Henry giving him advice but he claims the French team have a lot of respect for the 1998 World Cup victor.