France took on Belgium in the 2018 FIFA World Cup first semifinal on Tuesday night and it turned out to be a very competitive game between two highly rated squads. Belgium started stronger and had several chances to score but France started to get hold of the game towards in the end of first half and it took just 6 minutes after the half time for France to open the scoring through Samuel Umtiti.
France have qualified for the 2018 FIFA World Cup semifinals after beating Uruguay in what was a very routine win for this highly talented French side in the quarterfinals. After a slow start, France have picked up the form and now odds on favourites to go all the way and win the competition. They take on neighbors Belgium in the semifinal which will be the huge game and potentially we might get the world cup winner from this game. The match will be played on Tuesday, 10th July 2018 at the Saint Petersburg Stadium.
France vs Belgium Preview: France have looked very good in the knockout stages so far beating Argentina (4-3) and disposing off another South American side in Uruguay (2-0) in the quarterfinals. All their big name players are looking in good touch after a very underwhelming group stage. Now they face Belgium in what should be a cracking game in the first semifinal on 10th July 2018.
Belgium are not schmucks themselves, they were one of the favourites before the world cup and finally living up to their potential having won all their games so far in the tournament. Belgium defeated Brazil in the quarterfinals 2-1 and that will boost their confidence even higher if its possible at all.
Team News & Possible Lineups: Roberto Martinez made a few surprise changes in the starting lineup with Maroune Fellaine and Nasir Chadli given starts against Brazil and both did not disappoint as Belgium looked much more balanced compared to their game against Japan. We might expect similar approach in the semifinals where Belgium will be hoping to use their counter attack tactics again.
France on the other hand are improvising their system around Mbappe after his stunning performances in the world cup so far and we might see unchanged lineup from Didier Deschamps.
Match Predictions: This one could go either way with both France and Belgium boosting the most talented squads in the world cup. However, France have slight edge in terms of starting lineup and quality on the bench. Belgium on the other hand have a very good starting lineup but lack quality from the bench. France will go into the game slightly favourites but thats where Belgium tend to play better as under dogs. I am going with another competitive game where Beglium to win it 2-1 in normal time.