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What World Cup games can I watch today? The first semi-final

10 July 2018
What World Cup games can I watch today? The first semi-final

Raphael Varane and Benjamin Pavard have contributed for France, while Jan Vertonghen began Belgium's comeback win over Japan.

Courtois has kept two clean sheets in five matches in Russian Federation, while Lloris has two in four. "Now we have the chance to play in the World Cup final".

"Like all the players, they could have a little worry that dates back to playing with their clubs during the season" he said.

Both sides will be on cloud nine after their previous victories, so this one is poised to be a clash of epic proportions.

Belgium has finally lived up to the hype surrounding them!

Didier Deschamps side ground out narrow victories against Australia and Peru before playing out a boring 0-0 draw with Denmark - the only goalless draw of the tournament thus far.

France will be at full strength ahead of this game.

"It's going to be a good game to watch, I think, and enjoyable to play on the pitch". The 25-year-old Varane has been does well in Russian Federation, scoring the first goal against Uruguay with a header.

"It's been two years to try and understand these footballers, the human beings behind the footballers, and to try and get a group that shared the same ambition, not just to use the national team to improve their brand", Martinez told a news conference. Belgium are buzzing after their victory over Brazil while France are flying following their win against Uruguay.

His lightning speed down the right and game-changing ability will put an experienced Belgium defence to the test as coach Roberto Martinez ponders a slight reshuffle. Hazard's breakneck speed on the counter-attack was a useful asset as Belgium looked to close out the tie against Brazil, the 27-year-olds pace could be needed if Belgium takes the lead in the semi-final.

Belgium have already done that in a way, as it is the furthest they have ever progressed in the competition, while France are looking to get their hands on the trophy for the second time after their 1998 success.

As World Cup fever builds at home, England are avoiding the hype as the coach Gareth Southgate prepares his team in their tranquil base near Saint Petersburg for their first semi-final since 1990.

That saw France travel across the border to Belgium at the invitation of industrialist and Belgian sponsor Evence Coppée, who wanted to celebrate the friendship between the two countries. Both matches happened during the Round of 16. Eight of England's ten World Cup goals have been from dead balls, while Croatia have conceded three times from set-piece situations.

Sports Illustrated: "Calling this one is immensely hard".

Both teams have overcome hard South American opposition to reach the last four.

France have the luxury of having a fully fit side and Blaise Matuidi is back from suspension after missing out against Uruguay. Belgium likely will score, but the caution big games like these often breed should limit them to just one goal. He has been crucial to Belgium's success and he will be a big loss for the Red Devils.