Kevin De Bruyne’s versatility paying off for Belgium at World Cup

France's Kylian Mbappe  is one of the reasons why the World Cup semifinal against Belgium could turn into a goal-fest

France's Kylian Mbappe is one of the reasons why the World Cup semifinal against Belgium could turn into a goal-fest

On Tuesday, he will attempt to guide Belgium to a first World Cup final in the nation's history at the expense of Les Bleus. Victory against France - a team against whom they have historically, and somewhat surprisingly, enjoyed an upper hand; of their 73 games Belgium have won 30 to France's 24 - will only add to their growing legend.

A key talking point ahead of tomorrow morning's (Singapore time) World Cup semi-final between Belgium and France has been which country's star player will shine brightest.

France and Belgium will meet in the 2018 FIFA World Cup semifinals later today in St. Petersburg, Russia, pitting the neighboring countries (the game is being billed as "La Fête des Voisins", or The Neighbors' Party) against each other for a chance to play for the title Sunday against the victor of Wednesday's England-Croatia matchup.

"We had to believe and we know how talented we are as a squad", he said.

"From the time he became an assistant to Roberto Martinez [Belgium manager], he did know that can happen".

Belgium have scored at least two goals in all but one game during this competition. The former Everton boss used a four-man back line against Brazil after using a three-man defense for the previous four matches. "We've strived to be as good as we could be at the worldwide level and it's taken us two years to get there".

Hugo Lloris was then forced to make one of the saves of the tournament, diving full length to his to turn away a curling effort from his Tottenham teammate Toby Alderweireld.

"He plays an extremely important role for Martinez", Pfaff said. There could also have been a fascinating duel on the wings between French teen sensation Kylian Mbappe and his PSG team-mate Thomas Meunier but that won't happen since the Belgian is suspended for the game. "That's the quality that he has".


France have youth on their side but Didier Deschamps does his best to keep them organised and won't let them run wild and free.

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.

"Belgium played a great game against Brazil with a specific game plan".

"Will they do something similar for us?" That perhaps there's such an abundance of talent on the side that it's essentially been able to beat every team set out in front of it without really needing to get out of third gear?

One place where residents have no choice but to put those differences to one side is Comines, a town that sits right on the Franco-Belgian border, split by the river Lys. This means that the club will have at least one representative in the 2018 FIFA World Cup final.

With so many technically skilled players on both sides, expect a physical match. It will be unusual to have him against us on this game.

The victor will face either England or Croatia in Moscow for the title on Sunday, July 15. With the sides hard to separate on paper, how they handle the pressure, and perhaps those little nuggets of inside knowledge, could make all the difference.

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