France vs Belgium| 2018 World Cup semi-final
France and Belgium will battle for a place in the World Cup final against England or Croatia when they meet in St Petersburg on Tuesday night.
A host of Premier League stars will be on show in the first semi-final, with Romelu Lukaku, Eden Hazard, N’Golo Kante and Hugo Lloris among those expected to start the huge knockout clash.
The game kicks off at 20:00 CLT | 14:00 ET
Belgium have scored 14 goals in five matches and were hugely impressive in their 2-1 quarter-final victory over Brazil, with Romelu Lukaku, Eden Hazard and Kevin de Bruyne combining to devastating effect to oust the five-times world champions.
In contrast, France sleep-walked through the group stages, eking out wins over Australia and Peru before a stultifying 0-0 draw with Denmark.
Their early struggles had ‘Les Bleus’ being written off in some quarters, but all that changed when they faced Argentina in the last 16 in what must be a leading contender for the most exciting match of the tournament.
Didier Deschamps tweaked his formation, effectively freeing up Kylian Mbappe on the right to run at the Argentine defence, and what followed was a wonderful display of attacking football that France won 4-3.
The victory boosted France’s morale, and they followed it up with a workman-like 2-0 win over Uruguay that was impressive because of how well they managed to control the game against tricky opponents.