◼️The two European teams that have shown the best level in Russia 2018 are playing the trip to the grand final in Moscow.
The semifinals of the World Cup start on Tuesday when France and Belgium, two of the best Russian teams in 2018, are measured in St. Petersburg looking for a place in the grand final.
The Blues are one of the strongest teams in the entire event. After a group phase in which they did not have too many flashes of quality, Deschamps showed all their talent to draw two South American giants like Argentina and Uruguay in the round of 16 and quarterfinals, respectively.
With an effective proposal, in which they take advantage of the vertical speed of their young figures to unlock rough globalist defenses, France arrives more emboldened than ever. Griezmann, Mbappé, and Pogba want to lead a national team to glory for the first time since they were champions at their home in ’98.
Meanwhile, there will be a team that has nothing to envy. Belgium, which maintains an unbeaten record of 24 matches in all competitions, started out shining in the group stage and, in the second stage, after suffering more than expected against Japan, it was practical to give one of the great surprises of the tournament against Brazil.
Their ranks also have one of Russia’s great figures 2018, Eden Hazard, who has been directly involved in 14 goals in his last 14 games with Belgium, scoring eight and assisting six times.
Note that this will be the 74th showdown in history between the two. The Blues have won 24, while the Red Dragons have added 30 wins (in addition there were 19 draws). Excluding friendlies, France and Belgium have not faced each other since the 1986 World Cup, when the Gauls prevailed 4-2 in the match for third place.
France: Hugo Lloris; Lucas Hernandez, Samuel Umtiti, Raphael Varane, Benjamin Pavard; Ngolo Kante, Paul Pogba; Blaise Matuidi, Antoine Griezmann, Kylian Mbappe; Olivier Giroud.
Belgium: Thibaut Courtois; Jan Vertonghen, Vincent Kompany, Thomas Vermaelen, Toby Alderweireld; Yannick Carrasco, Axel Witsel, Kevin De Bruyne, Nacer Chadli; Eden Hazard, Romelu Lukaku.