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Federation Internationale de Football Association 2018 | Belgium and France to face-off in mouth-watering semi-final

Eden Hazard celebrating after Belgium knocked out Brazil in the quarterfinals Eden Hazard celebrating after Belgium knocked out Brazil in the quarterfinals
Kristopher Love | 09 July, 2018, 20:11

Belgium can call upon the likes of Romelu Lukaku, Eden Hazard and Kevin De Bruyne, while Antoine Griezmann and Kylian Mbappe have shone for France in Russian Federation.

Hazard said that his country will find it hard to beat France if Chelsea teammate N'Golo Kante "is at his best" for Les Bleus. An attacking trio of Romelu Lukaku, Kevin de Bruyne and Eden Hazard could take apart any defence in the world.

What's certain is that with one more win Les Bleus are back in the World Cup final for the first time in a dozen years.

"He has given so much to the France team and we have got a lot of respect for what he has done".

Always confident in his abilities, Hazard has been calm on the pitch despite getting some rough treatment during games in Russian Federation.

"France were one of the favourites before the World Cup, and I think the game will be tougher than against Brazil due to their individual quality", he said. At the end, you do all you can to win and if they're better, they're better.

Ahead of Belgium's semifinal against France, Thomas Vermaelen believes that he and his Belgium teammates can win the World Cup.

"I think Eden is in a great moment of his career", Martinez said before the tournament.

France beat Uruguay with goals either side of half-time from Raphael Varane and Antoine Griezmann.

"He will suffer emotionally; nobody prays to be in this kind of situation; he wont want to be seen supporting Belgium against his home country and he can not be with Belgium and be openly supporting France".

Both players are crucial for their respective countries and both will certainly be hoping to get their hands on the World Cup trophy for the first time.

The semi-final on Tuesday will be the 74th meeting between France and Belgium.

Belgium won two of those, including the last one: an exhibition three years ago at Stade de France when the Belgians took a three-goal lead five minutes into the second half and held on to win 4-3.

"He is lucky to be with a team with a fine generation of players". He does many things and it is the players around him who benefit. "It doesn't shock me at all".

"Against Belgium we also have the players to make sure [Eden] Hazard touches the ball as little as possible".

Mbappe was thought to be close to joining the European champions before he signed for Paris Saint-Germain last summer and several reports have claimed he is seen as a replacement for Ronaldo should the Portugal captain complete his move to Turin. In his way will be Liverpool's Dejan Lovren, enjoying a quietly excellent World Cup at the heart of the Croatia back line.