France vs. Belgium - Football Match Report

11 July, 2018, 12:29 | Author: Jared Lewis
  • 27-year-old looks like a man on a mission to bring the WC trophy for the first time in the country’s history

France have assembled one of the most talented and exciting squads in world football, but they ground out this victory.

Mick Jagger was one of the many famous faces in the stands at St. Petersburg Stadium.

France started to liven up, creating a number of opportunities but Belgium looked the more unsafe side.

Deschamps-coached France started to settle down as the game progressed, and in the 34th minute, had the best chance yet to take the lead.

According to The Mirror, nine of the last 12 semi-finals have been 0-0 at half-time.

When the match ended, the French players danced on the field and shook the hand of Thierry Henry, another 1998 World Cup victor who is now Belgium's assistant coach. Deschamps' side were less thrilling, but equally efficient, as they saw off Uruguay in the quarter-finals. He said after that match that there he was disappointed that they were done in by a set-piece.

Speaking after that game, former England captain Alan Shearer said: "The big question about Belgium was 'are you a team of individuals or can you come together as a team?' He has gelled them together".

It is quite obvious that Martinez will use Chadli to mitigate any threat posed by him and hence it might prove to be a hard game for Mbappe and France. The Red Devils have equaled their best World Cup in history - they also reached the semi-finals in Mexico 1986 - but now the team wants more.

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France will be the favourites to win the title after a strong performance against a star-studded Belgium side featuring the likes of Eden Hazard, Kevin de Bruyne and Romelu Lukaku.

It was a frustrating night for Roberto Martinez's side.

France are undefeated in four of five matches played at the 2018 FIFA World Cup. Celtic's Dedryck Boyata may feature as a right-back. Now, with Kylian Mbappe their new standard-bearer, they are dreaming of getting there again.

Belgium had won all five matches in Russian Federation coming into their meeting with the French, and had scored 14 goals in the process.

Post scoring the goal, France had largely wasted time while Belgium made a few chances but failed.

Here are all the talking points from the 27th day of this summer's World Cup. I thought it was awesome how he did it, how he worked it out and how the players did it.

"It was a very tight game".

With 10 minutes to go and time running out for Belgium, they were certainly unlucky not to win a free-kick after Olivier Giroud brings Hazard to ground but the ref waved for the match to continue. Therefore, we could easily witness more than 2.5 goals scored.



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