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2018 FIFA World Cup Prediction: France vs Belgium

The victor of Tuesday evening's game will take on either England or Croatia in the World Cup final the following Sunday. Mbappe once again impressed, but it was Barcelona central defender Umtiti who produced the decisive moment when he nodded home a corner from Griezmann after 51 minutes, with the help of a touch off Marouane Fellaini.

France now flies into Sunday's final on a hot streak, having defeated Argentina, Uruguay and Belgium in the knockout stage.

Deschamps said he was delighted to have the chance to bury the pain of the Euro 2016 final, which Portugal won in Paris.

Lloris, who has shown himself in Russian Federation to be in the very top echelon of goalkeepers, said that Raphael Varane's performance in central defense will be vital in holding the Belgians at bay. There is a very clear structure within professional football in Belgium.

"I don't think there's an easy answer for that because Mbappe is an exceptional player under those circumstances". "It was so painful two years ago we have to savor it". Lukaku is on four goals and France's Griezmann and Mbappe have three each.

The Red Devils needed to make history and, on this occasion, it was beyond the team which had impressively knocked out Brazil in the previous round courtesy of rapid counter-attacks, an inspired Hazard, stoic defending and cunning tactics from Martinez, a man who has now suffered a first competitive defeat as manager of the Red Devils.

Once France scored, they began to close ranks and Lukaku and de Bruyne were proving ineffective, Hazard began to go deeper into his own half - often near his own box - for the ball, and run with it. Today, a goal on a corner. "We adapt a bit the way we play against our opponent and this is his credit".

From dreaming of a first World Cup final, Belgium will now has to be content with a playoff for third place, but Martinez said he was proud of his players and would do all he could to get them ready for their final match of the tournament. Too many players performed below their usual levels. "It is not just going to be the goalkeeper and four defenders in front".

This after a single goal gave them a win over a disappointing Belgium in a scrappy match unlike all those the two teams had played so far in the competition. Both teams have had opportunities.

It is the first time since 1998 that the nation of just over four million people have reached this stage of the competition, after they eliminated Russian Federation in a penalty shootout at the weekend.

"If we approach this match with fear within us, we will bring ourselves down and we'd be able to do so much less than what we can actually do. It may repeat itself once, maybe never".

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