Published: Wed, July 11, 2018
Sport | By Cameron Gross

Belgium-France World Cup semi-final, National tensions simmer ahead

Belgium-France World Cup semi-final, National tensions simmer ahead

Both semi-finals kick off at 20:00 SA time.

And the Belgium admits Mbappe's performance took him by surprise, because he'd never heard of the teenager before facing him on the pitch. However, when they turn into symbols of competing nationalisms, as it will be seen in St Petersburg where Belgium and France will vie for a place in the World Cup final (the French have a 2-1 lead in the mega tournament), then the task to find a difference between them will be too hard.

"He had only played about 10 matches and at that time I didn't know him", said De Bruyne. Now he's playing for a great French team and in the Champions League'.

But Neymar wasn't alone as Henry and Hazard very kindly consoled the emotional Brazilian at the Kazan Arena following the entertaining quarter-final clash.

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The 19-year-old forward has been one of Les Bleus' best players so far at the tournament, with three goals to his name including a brace against Argentina in the round of 16.

Two of the World Cup's outstanding players will now go head-to-head in St Petersburg, with De Bruyne aware of the threat that Mbappe will pose.

"He is a different player, a star for the next 15 years and I think he can even improve". "For us, to finally be able to knock out a formidable opponent is because of the experience we've picked up at previous tournaments and also the development of our players at their clubs", he said. "I have a soft spot for France given the number of years I stayed there so I hope they continue to do well", said Shereni.

'What he does is unbelievable, especially at his age.

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