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France v Belgium: World Cup semi-final, European battle of world stars

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France v Belgium: World Cup semi-final, European battle of world stars

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2018 Fifa World Cup semi-final: France v Belgium
Venue: St Petersburg Date: Tuesday, 10 July, 19:00 BST
Protection: Reside on BBC One, full radio commentary on BBC Radio 5 dwell and textual content commentary on-line and in BBC Sport app

It has been billed because the “derby between buddies”.

Tuesday’s World Cup semi-final pits 1998 winners France towards the ‘golden technology’ from neighbours Belgium.

Each groups had been among the many pre-tournament favourites, however just one can attain Sunday’s remaining in Moscow.

Victory would arrange a showpiece towards Croatia or England – who meet on Wednesday – however who will progress?

BBC Sport takes a take a look at an enchanting battle each on and off the pitch.

A conflict of types?

There have additionally been 19 attracts between the 2 European sides

In gamers corresponding to Romelu Lukaku, Eden Hazard, Kevin de Bruyne, Antoine Griezmann, Kylian Mbappe and Paul Pogba, these sides boast a few of the world’s most devastating attacking gamers.

However their managers utilise the standard at their disposal in several methods.

France boss Didier Deschamps – who’s aiming to emulate Mario Zagallo and Franz Beckenbauer by successful the World Cup as each a participant and supervisor – has usually been criticised for failing to get essentially the most out of his squad.

Performance, quite than aptitude, has been the important thing to this point in Russia. They wanted a late personal objective of their opening match towards Australia, edged previous Peru 1-Zero of their second, then performed out a uninteresting goalless draw with Denmark.

They did impress in beating Argentina 4-Three within the final 16, however that sort of open recreation isn’t Deschamps’ model.

“If you’re on the lookout for 5-0, do not come to a World Cup, you will not get this,” he stated.

Whereas Deschamps has not at all times garnered optimistic headlines, Martinez’s spell as Belgium supervisor has been nearly flawless.

A shock appointment, taking the job three months after being sacked by Everton, he has had a big effect.

He has not tasted defeat in a aggressive recreation as Belgium boss, his final loss in a non-friendly match the Toffees’ 3-0 defeat by Sunderland in Could 2016.

Martinez has overseen a run of 19 wins and 5 attracts, culminating in a powerful 2-1 victory over Brazil within the quarter-finals.

Belgium’s haul of 14 objectives is essentially the most at this stage of a World Cup since 2002, when eventual winners Brazil had 15.

Talking after that recreation, former England captain Alan Shearer stated: “The massive query about Belgium was ‘are you a workforce of people or are you able to come collectively as a workforce?’ He has gelled them collectively.

“That has bought to come back from the supervisor. There’s a big distinction between the place they’re now and the place they had been two years in the past.”

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