Henry is an 'enemy', says Deschamps

2018 FIFA World Cup Prediction: France vs Belgium

2018 FIFA World Cup Prediction: France vs Belgium

"He's somebody I really appreciate", Deschamps said.

The winners will progress to Sunday's final at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow to face either Croatia or England, while the losers will play in the third-place play-off on Saturday.

"Vive la France! Vive la Republique!"

In an enthralling, albeit highly tactical rather than incident-packed match, it was once again a set-piece that proved decisive with Umtiti's near-post header from an Antoine Griezmann corner settling matters.

While Lloris made a tremendous diving save from Spurs teammate Jan Vertonghen to keep France level in the first half, and also an excellent block from Axel Witsel in the second, Lukaku had a awful evening leading the line, as he struggled to gain any change from the French centre-back pairing of Samuel Umtiti and Raphael Varane, who dominated the bulky Belgian all evening.

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.

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.

"He played man-to-man against Kolarov and devoured him, defensively and offensively, " Wilmots told the Associated Press in an interview before the World Cup. Zidane was sent off in what was his final match. France legend Thierry Henry, who scored three goals as a 20-year old when France won it all in 1998, is now an assistant coach on the Belgian sideline. From the ensuing corner, Umtiti got ahead of Marouane Fellaini to head past Courtois.

"Because of the seven years I spent in France I feel 99 percent Belgian and one percent French, but the idea of taking French nationality never crossed my mind" Hazard once said when asked about the possibility.

We round up Tuesday's talking points as France overcome Belgium to reach the World Cup final. But Mbappe's intricate short passes and combination play - including one handsome flick that created a scoring chance out of nothing for defender Benjamin Pavard shortly before halftime - were nearly as impressive. Varane, in particular, was outstanding.

Deschamps, the captain of that famous 1998 squad, now has the chance to become the third person to win the World Cup as a player and a coach, after Germany great Franz Beckenbauer and Brazil's Mario Zagallo.

France have youth on their side but Didier Deschamps does his best to keep them organised and won't let them run wild and free.

You can stream every World Cup match on fuboTV (Try for free).

Against Brazil in the quarters, Martinez showed tactical adventure, as he pushed target man Lukaku to the wing to allow De Bruyne to operate as a "false nine".

Whether he plays an attacking role or more defensively, De Bruyne is instrumental in directing Belgium with his awareness and swift passes. It also has to be said that his time-wasting antics at the end of the game - which came on the heels of a pathetic dive in the quarterfinal win over Uruguay - were unnecessary and immature; at 19, Mbappe is the youngest remaining player at the World Cup. "The game was, as you can imagine, very close, very tight, and it was going to be decided (on) maybe the one that it could find that final touch in the box".

Besides, if you want to get technical about it, Mbappe was guaranteed to get another game at Russian Federation 2018 regardless of the outcome of this semifinal, with the event's third-place match scheduled for Saturday at the same stadium.

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