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Spain were knocked by the host Russian Federation in the round of 16.

This was supposed to be the World Cup where the greats dazzled with a string of performances that would leave fans purring and have future generations uttering their names for years to come.

Also striking: the final four teams are all European.

A place in the World Cup final is at stake when European heavyweights France and Belgium meet for the 74th time in all competitions at the Krestovsky Stadium in Saint Petersburg. Argentina was eliminated from World Cup contention in the first of the knockout rounds.

And so it is De Bruyne and Belgium who march on to play France Tuesday.

They played that match without Neymar, who had been stretchered off in the quarter-final win over Colombia with a fractured vertebrae.


Regarding the issue of favourites, France defender Raphael Varane gave his opinion that there are no sure favourites to win the ongoing FIFA World Cup.

Belgium are just the ninth team in World Cup history to win* five successive matches in a single World Cup tournament, though the feat has been achieved 11 times.

France take on Belgium in the first of the Semi Finals, in what should be an entertaining game.

So what are the odds that can happen?

He said: "I think it's a bit disrespectful of them to be confident because their record in this tournament is better than ours, they've played better teams than us and our record against them is really, really poor". We have a relatively young team, but we've shown maturity and have been growing since the tournament started.

The most ideal and traditional line-up for the final would be France vs England, but we should not disregard the chances of Croatia and Belgium. The 2018 World Cup was fortunate to be served up on the second night by the Iberico Clasico - a 3-3 tie between Spain and Portugal, featuring a hat trick by Cristiano Ronaldo.

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