France vs Belgium Start Time & Odds

Kylian Mbappe 19 became the youngest player since Pele in 1958 to score twice in a World Cup match

"It is going to be a 50-50 chance between Belgium and France". He won a World Cup and appeared in another final; he won a European Championship, too, and he captained France.

With Eden Hazard pulling the strings and Romelu Lukaku providing the firepower, Belgium have what it takes to beat France.

This combination of pictures shows Belgium´s forward Eden Hazard (L) on July 2, 2018 and France´s forward Antoine Griezmann on June 21, 2018.

Ahead of their clash on Tuesday night, Belgium playmaker Hazard has told reporters that as a boy, he used to tie his loyalties to the French flag, citing France's World Cup win in 1998 as a major influencing factor. From the time he became an assistant to Roberto Martinez [Belgium manager], he did know that can happen. He is on the bench and facing his home nation.

"He is first and foremost French".

Belgium´s Kevin De Bruyne said Henry had talked little about his feelings.

'But yes maybe he is going to sing La Marseillaise. "It is a hard situation - freaky - it is not easy for him". "If we approach this match with fear within us, we will bring ourselves down and we'd be able to do so much less than what we can actually do", said Martinez.

They also lost the 2006 final to Italy on penalties, though experience won't be a factor given that not a single player left in the tournament has ever reached the showpiece before.

The teams will face off at 2 p.m. ET on Tuesday in St. Petersburg, Russia, in the 2018 World Cup semifinals. He is an obvious, natural role model for any forward, and the ideal one for, say, a precious, strong pacey striker who, like him, was born on the outskirts of Paris, and, like him, served his apprenticeship at Monaco and, like him, scored crucial goals to galvanise a World Cup campaign.

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"I hope that I'll stay undefeated through 31 games and that we'll lift this cup", said the defender, who has been linked with Bayern Munich in recent days. "We have players with vast potential, though, and we still do not know their limits".

Kompany looked shaken by Brazil's speed in the second half of the quarter-final, which will give Mbappe confidence.

Three of the last four meetings between the sides have produced under 2.5 goals in total.

"I think England will win it because I've watched Croatia closely since the start - once they won their first mach I was thinking to myself "this is a really, really good team". I have always appreciated what he did for his club and for the national team.

Martinez signed a new two-year deal as coach before the World Cup while Henry has not yet accepted an offer to continue.

Goalkeeper Danijel Subasic and right-back Sime Vrsaljko, who both picked up an injury against Russian Federation, and centre-back Dejan Lovren were all absent from the part of the session open to media.

Croatia could well be battling fatigue and injuries after a strength-sapping penalty shootout to edge out host nation Russian Federation on Saturday.

Croatia excluded former worldwide Ognjen Vukojevic from their delegation on Monday for posting a pro-Ukraine video clip following the win over Russian Federation.

Defender Domagoj Vida escaped with just a warning from Federation Internationale de Football Association, which bans political statements, for also appearing in the video and shouting "Glory to Ukraine!"

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