FIFA World Cup 2018: Semi-final: France vs Belgium – Match Preview
The FIFA World Cup 2018 semifinals will begin on Tuesday night with a match loaded with top-tier talent ready for a face-off. The one-time champion France will face star-studded Belgium at Saint Petersburg.
The two most in-form teams will finally face each other for a spot in the finals of the FIFA World Cup 2018.
This contest features French superstars Paul Pogba and Antoine Griezmann going up against Belgian superstars Eden Hazard, Kevin De Bruyne in what’s sure to be an intense, back-and-forth battle.
These teams are on a tremendous roll. They have knocked off some big opponents along the way. France finished first in Group C and then went on to beat Argentina (4-3) and Uruguay (2-0) to reach the semifinals.
Meanwhile, Belgium won the Group H, beating Japan (3-2) in the round of 16, and then they stunned Brazil (2-1) in the quarterfinals. Both teams are healthy and aren’t facing any major concerns. They’re expected to field their strongest teams for this one.
PLAYERS TO LOOK OUT FOR:
FRANCE: ANTOINE GRIEZMANN
Antoine Griezmann has been in decent form in the tournament so far. He played all five games and scored two goals including a goal in the last game. Griezmann is a big game player and tonight he needs to prove it once again. France will be hoping to see Griezmann go all guns blazing.
BELGIUM: ROMELU LUKAKU
Romelu Lukaku is in firing form, and he is just behind England’s Kane with four goals. The Manchester United striker also needs only one goal tonight to outrank Marc Wilmots. He is all set to become Belgium’s outright leading marksman at the World Cups.
And, the forward will be looking to score some goals and take his side all the way to the final of the FIFA World Cup 2018.
VENUE AND TIME:
France and Belgium will lock horns at the Saint Petersburg. The action will begin at 11:30 PM IST on Tuesday.
WHERE TO WATCH:
The Indian fans will enjoy extensive coverage of the game. The coverage of the match will get telecasted on SONY TEN 2 SD and HD channels.
The Hindi feed will be aired on SONY TEN 3 SD. Bengali and Malayali feed will be available on SONY ESPN SD channel.
Belgium XI: Thibaut Courtois, Jan Vertonghen, Toby Alderweireld, Vincent Kompany, Thomas Meunier, Kevin De Bruyne, Axel Witsel, Yannick Carrasco, Dries Mertens, Romelu Lukaku, Eden Hazard.
France XI: Hugo Lloris, Benjamin Pavard, Samuel Umtiti, Raphael Varane, Benjamin Mendy, N’golo Kante, Blaise Matuidi, Paul Pogba, Antoine Griezmann, Oliver Giroud, Kylian Mbappe.
Saif Ahmed Chowdhury
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