Published: Wed, July 11, 2018
Entertaiment | By Mabel Barber

Belgium star Hazard: I used to support France growing up

Belgium star Hazard: I used to support France growing up

Who will come out on top?

A picture of Hazard and two of his three brothers, Thorgan and Kylian, has surfaced showing the Belgian trio wearing France shirts as children, and Hazard admitted that he grew up favouring France over Belgium because of the former's 1998 World Cup success. Andres Cunha (Uruguay) will be the referee. The Rolling Stones frontman is a big soccer fan, having attended the World Cup final in Brazil in 2014 as well as many England games. Matuidi is likely to replace Corentin Tolisso in the French side. An estimated 3M-5M more likely watched on giant screens in bars and town squares throughout the country, which at this time of year especially in the south is flooded with Belgian tourists.

Roberto Martinez's surprise 4-3-3 was just insane enough to confuse the Brazil defence throughout the first half of their quarter-final, which puts them in a strong position to do something similar on the counter-attack against France - particularly through the middle.

France will be at full strength ahead of this game.

The one doubtful player is Samuel Umtiti.

Belgium has finally lived up to the hype surrounding them! However, Deschamps confidently said that everyone would be available for the semi-final. Will Belgium be up to the challenge?

Deschamps 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.

His predecessor, Marc Wilmots, recalled putting De Bruyne up against Serbia defender Aleksandar Kolarov in a qualifier for the 2014 World Cup.

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Belgium will be without Thomas Meunier for the first time in the tournament, as the PSG midfield has also picked up a suspension. The PSG right-back received his second yellow card against Brazil.

Friends and foes at the same time?

This fixture is one of the matches that could easily have been the "Final" of this 2018 World Cup in Russian Federation.

Up in the corporate seats, French President Emmanuel Macron reacted to the goal by shaking the hand of King Philippe of Belgium as Federation Internationale de Football Association president Gianni Infantino watched on between them.

"It's a shame for the football that today Belgium has not won".

When: Tuesday, 2 p.m. Both matches happened during the Round of 16.

There is no question we are about to witness a very open game.

There's not much to choose between the two sides: both have superb goalkeepers, strong defences and attacking talent in abundance. I have not yet experienced that a striker plays so far from goal. Therefore, we could easily witness more than 2.5 goals scored.

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