France vs Belgium: A 'Final Quality' Match

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With Eden Hazard pulling the strings and Romelu Lukaku providing the firepower, Belgium have what it takes to beat France.

Belgium v France for a place in a World Cup final, is already being labelled the "Thierry Henry Derby".

"I hope that I'll stay undefeated through 31 games and that we'll lift this cup", said the defender, who has been linked with Bayern Munich in recent days.

There is no question we are about to witness a very open game. Now he is an assistant to Belgium coach Roberto Martinez and the two of them will be plotting how to get the better of France tactically.

"We will need to anticipate him and be well-positioned".

Deschamps made bold decisions to start Pavard on the right and Lucas Hernandez on the left. It's going to be a thrilling match no doubt and don't be surprised if this one ends up going the full distance.

The French then showed their steel in the 2-0 disposal of Luis Suarez and Uruguay in the quarter-finals.

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According to CBS Sports, France is the favorite of all four remaining teams to win the World Cup, with odds of 2-1, although Belgium isn't far off with odds of 11-4. "Individual skills and talent are important, but in these tournaments, it's absolutely necessary to play as a team". "He's held in high esteem".

Lloris has been criticized during the past year after errors for France and Tottenham. He was their leading scorer in the World Cup when the country won its first and only world title as host nation in 1998, despite not being a regular starter and only 20 years old at the time. Witsel and Marouane Fellaini aren't adept at stopping quick interchanges, and so the thought of Olivier Giroud's excellent lay-offs, Griezmann's brilliant space-creating passes, and Mbappe's speed should terrify Belgian fans. "I would have preferred to have Henry on our side, to give me and the other French forwards advice, but I am not too jealous".

While, Martinez isn't expected to mirror the entirety of his masterplan against France, this newfound setup is the ideal marriage between Belgium's high-flying offensive interplay and resoluteness at the back with the Alderweireld-Kompany-Vertonghen trio coming to the fore against one of the tournament's most potent attacking threats in Brazil. "The best is Hugo".

Meunier is suspended after tripping Brazil star Neymar and earning a second yellow card of the tournament. Hazard runs at pace and cuts inside. Mbappe has starred at the World Cup with his breakneck speed and Deschamps has merely used the youngster's ability to the team's advantage. "He is there to learn", Giroud said. "It's my unselfish side".

He needs one goal to move ahead of France great Zinedine Zidane. They are tied on fourth overall with 31.

Griezmann has scored two penalty kicks and set up Raphael Varane's headed goal against Uruguay. That's really anxious me for Belgium because they were exposed by Japan.

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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