France eye World Cup final but Belgium have Henry factor

Who will come out on top?

Fellaini flashed a header just wide and Axel Witsel forced a good save out of Lloris as Belgium pushed forward for an equalizer and France hung on in six minutes of stoppage-time to reach their third World Cup final. The match kicks-off at 20:00 hrs (BST) at Krestovsky Stadium in St. Petersburg.

'I prefer to lose with this Belgium than win with that France, ' said Hazard afterwards. These two historic nations were Les Bleus' opponents during the Round of 16 and the quarter-finals, respectively, but Didier Deschamps' men brushed them aside with relative ease.

France's most important player could then be N'golo Kante. France will need to show their maturity here.

However, in saying all these french words, It was the Belgium team who shook the world off its axis when they out-danced the Samba Boys in emphatic fashion. Six minutes were added on but flawless game management from France meant Belgium could not create any more scoring chances.

First, let's cover the suspensions.

De Bruyne nearly found Lukaku in the box in the 28th minute but Samuel Umtiti was quick to clear the danger.

"The "Little Belgians" aren't little any longer", he said in an editorial headlined "Belgium in the final".

France now flies into Sunday's final on a hot streak, having defeated Argentina, Uruguay and Belgium in the knockout stage.

Roberto Martinez was forced to bring in Moussa Dembele as a replacement for the suspended Thomas Meunier, but it was not the defensive switch that affected Belgium, but it was his decision to play Kevin De Bruyne on the right-hand side of his attacking three. Will Belgium be up to the challenge?

The French will have a chance to win their second-ever World Cup title and first since their 1998 victory on home soil.

On the flanks, left-back Lucas Hernandez and right-back Benjamin Pavard, both aged 22, continue to impress.

Friends and foes at the same time? From the ensuing corner, Umtiti got ahead of Marouane Fellaini to head past Courtois.

Because Belgium lacks a previous generation that visited these rafters, Henry can impart "the calmness of giving the player an understanding of what he's going to see, going into the unknown", as well as the technical advice of one of the world's all-time stud strikers.

'The game was very close, very tight and it was going to be decided by the one who could find the final touch in the box or get a bit of luck on goal.

Belgium had won all five matches in Russian Federation coming into their meeting with the French, and had scored 14 goals in the process.

For some reason, the BBC commentator said that the game would perhaps "open-up" when the first goal came.

Sterling was a key part of the Manchester City side that won the Premier League last season but he has been less effective in England's charge to the last four for the first time since 1990.

Both sides know what is like to turn results around during the current World Cup campaign.

Another talented filled fixture between two World Cup favourites, France and Belgium.

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