France vs Belgium: Umtiti, Mbappe, Kante miss France training

Ruben Ruiz
July 11, 2018

Both sides had plenty of chances, with France taking 19 shots to Belgium's nine, but only Umtiti's 51st-minute header following Antoine Griezmann's corner found the back of the net.

Belgium's golden generation has come up short at a major tournament.

Belgium can call upon the likes of Romelu Lukaku, Eden Hazard and Kevin De Bruyne, while Antoine Griezmann and Kylian Mbappe have shone for France in Russian Federation.

But with their King Philippe watching from the stands, there was to be no coronation.

The first semi-final of the 2018 FIFA World Cup takes place on Tuesday, with France and Belgium set to clash at the Saint Petersburg Stadium in Russian Federation.

"For sure, I would rather him being with us and giving me the advice, but you can't be jealous, and it is not shocking me at all", said French forward Olivier Giroud, about Henry, reported Reuters.

With the likes of Mbappe, Griezmann and Giroud for France facing off against Lukaku, Hazard and De Bruyne for Belgium, there just has to be goals in this one.

"He has given so much to the France team and we have got a lot of respect for what he has done".

The Red Devils are unbeaten against Les Bleus in their last three meetings, including that 4-3 victory in Paris three years ago and have been in scintillating form in Russian Federation.

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Griezmann hasn't really come to the party, and Mbappe had a great game against an ageing Argentina side who were wide open. Some of the players also took to social media to thank teammates and fans, including goal keeper Igor Akinfeev.

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Belgium faced a heart-stopping moment of uncertainty in the first knockout round against Japan, when Martinez's decision to rest players in their final group match against England nearly backfired spectacularly. Dubbed by many as the two best teams left in the competition, we could be in line for a thrilling encounter between two attacking-minded teams.

"Well we know what the people at home are thinking", Shearer said.

There is no question we are about to witness a very open game. We don't have the resources, the infrastructure, the money that other countries have. Stalwart central defender Kompany, who prevented Mbappe from sealing France's victory early in stoppage time with a well-timed tackle, won't play in another World Cup.

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.

France opened the second half with intent.

The potential of a goal-fest is high, considering the attacking strength of European neighbours, France and Belgium, when they meet today in the World Cup semifinals.

Read on for our top three France vs Belgium predictions ahead of what promises to be one of the games of the 2018 World Cup.

"Not skipping the hard work and fighting for the group is one of my qualities - if I can help by running or shouting, then I will do it", the Paris Saint-Germain wonderkid.

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