What World Cup games can I watch today? The first semi-final

Belgium's assistant coach Thierry Henry looks on during a training session in Dedovsk

Belgium's assistant coach Thierry Henry looks on during a training session in Dedovsk

Didier Deschamps, the France manager, and Henry's captain when the World Cup and 2000 European Championship were won by Les Bleus, calls it "bizarre" that his compatriot will be on the opposing bench this afternoon, encouraging not Mbappe but the likes of Romelu Lukaku.

This combination of pictures shows Belgium´s forward Eden Hazard (L) on July 2, 2018 and France´s forward Antoine Griezmann on June 21, 2018.

World Cup favourites France are targeting the final in Russian Federation two decades after their 1998 triumph with one of their greatest players, Thierry Henry, plotting their downfall from the dugout of opponents Belgium.

Regarding this being the most talented French team that Lloris has played with, he responded that he will "only be able to say at the end of our World Cup".

As the spotlight diverted away from Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo with their nations' elimination in the Round of 16 in Russian Federation, the discussion centred around the world's most expensive footballer Neymar as Brazil geared up to face Belgium in the FIFA World Cup 2018 quarter-finals.

Olivier Giroud has apologised to Chelsea colleague Thibault Courtois for choosing France team-mate Hugo Lloris as the best goalkeeper at the World Cup. "But tomorrow, on a professional level, he will be putting all the passion that drives him into the Belgian team".

Belgium's 27-year-old skipper is far more unpredictable.

De Bruyne said: "He's become a star in France but when I was playing against him for City against Monaco he'd only played 10 matches". "We're ready to go to war with him".


The game will take place at the 64,500-seater St. Petersburg Stadium on Wednesday morning (AEST).

Belgium is the team France has met the most over its history and we have to go back to 1904 for the first match.

Head to Head - the Belgians have the better record, having won 30 to the French's 24 and 19 games ending in a draw. Brazil simply could not cope with him in the first half of their quarter-final.

Martinez confirms that: "This players have been working together extraordinarily well for many years, and they deserve to be exactly where they are today".

If he can do that, then the golden generation could well glitter alongside the World Cup, as the winners of this semi-final would be odds-on favourites to lift the trophy on Sunday.

"We know them and they know us", said Deschamps. "But we know him, he has a lot of passion inside him, for football - and he will be with the Belgians and giving everything to help his team". Mbappe has starred at the World Cup with his breakneck speed and Deschamps has merely used the youngster's ability to the team's advantage. Both play in England's Premier League and have come up against each other before.

Top stat: Lukaku has been directly involved in 20 goals in his last 13 games for Belgium in all competitions - three assists and a whopping 17 goals. "There are two teams with very good players ... players who can create handsome football", he said.

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