France vs Belgium predictions, stats and betting tips

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The game will feature plenty of talented attackers and has the potential to be one of the most exciting games of the competition.

England or Croatia stand between the 1998 winners and a second world crown, but France will be favourites to lift the trophy in Moscow on Sunday.

France conceded three in their round-of-16 tie against Argentina and their last meeting with Belgium, in 2015, ended in a 4-3 defeat - this fixture has a history of goals. Happy to cede possession, the French relied on a smash-and-grab job and Kylian Mbappe nearly delivered when he out-ran the much senior Vincent Kompany and Jan Vertonghen in the 13th minute, but Courtois was alert enough to rush out and forestall the hazard.

Six minutes of injury time provided Belgium with hope but France ran the clock down and nearly made it 2-0 as Griezmann and then Corentin Tolisso's shots were well saved by Courtois.

"There is still one more step to take, but we are proud of what we have done".

'The team in front defended well, 35 meters from the goal and they did it all the tournament against Uruguay, they scored a goal from a free kick.

"It's been two years to try and understand these footballers, the human beings behind the footballers, and to try and get a group that shared the same ambition, not just to use the national team to improve their brand", Martinez told a news conference.

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The 27-year-old, who has always been linked to Real Madrid , is now starring for Belgium at the World Cup in Russian Federation . He is also a five-time world player of the year, a record he shares with his eternal rival, Argentine talisman Lionel Messi .

Roberto Martinez introduced an extra attacker in Dries Mertens in an attempt to turn the tide and he almost had an immediate impact as his cross was headed inches wide by Marouane Fellaini.

Belgium coach Roberto Martinez looks dejected after the match. We played as team-mates. For France, this is the sixth time it has made it to this stage-and it's the first since 2006.

France and Belgium are set to square off Tuesday with the victor reaching the 2018 World Cup final game.

In actuality, Samuel Umtiti's 51st-minute goal was enough to book France's final date.

Lloris and Courtois played a huge part in their sides" quarter-final wins and it was only thanks to two of the best "keepers in the world that the game remained goalless at half-time. Lukaku had just 22 touches of the ball. Giving an insight into his managerial nous, Mourinho explained set piece training ideally fits the World Cup schedule, which results in a reduced reliance on goals from open play. They comfortably dealt with the threat of Romelu Lukaku.

Belgium settled the better and had more possession as they took the ball to the French with Eden Hazard proving elusive for Benjamin Pavard to win Belgium the first corner on seven minutes. Belgium brought on the likes of Dries Mertens and loaded the box. Hazard again went close in the 19th minute but his drive, heading for the top left corner was diverted over by Raphael Varane's head.

"But we will be ready because we have an extremely good state of mind and it is the semi-finals in the World Cup". The French earned the chance and executed it perfectly, with Umtiti outjumping Marouane Fellaini to make the connection on the near-post header.

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