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France vs Belgium: Thierry Henry is an enemy - Deschamps

2018 FIFA World Cup Prediction: France vs Belgium France vs. Belgium 2018 World Cup semifinal: Red Devils on the verge of a Belgian breakthrough
Adrian Cunningham | 11 July, 2018, 08:29

One midfielder will see an opposing midfielder who is also his club teammate.

The two countries share 385 miles of border. One's witty entertainment, the other's great art. Everybody will know everybody on the pitch to a potentially disturbing degree. "Thierry Henry brings that".

Umtiti, who was four years old when captain Zinedine Zidane lifted the World Cup in Saint-Denis, outjumped Marouane Fellaini to head Antoine Griezmann's corner past Courtois and break Belgium's resistance. After all, Sunday's title match in Moscow will give fans everywhere one more opportunity to watch Les Bleus' teenage sensation Kylian Mbappe morph into a global superstar in realtime. Sports Illustrated's Planet Fútbol predicted a 2-1 win for France.

At the final whistle, the France bench erupted onto the field and the players broke into dance. This might not have been De Bruyne's very favorite moment of life.

"I think the Belgian team is the most exhaustive team in all aspects of the game during this tournament - they are strong everywhere", Lloris told reporters earlier this week.

Maybe he'll just hide in the loo.

In 2006, they were beaten in a penalty shootout by Italy in a World Cup final that was overshadowed by Zidane headbutting opposing player Marco Materazzi in the chest in extra time.

"I'm pleased for him, he's somebody I appreciate".

Giroud hopes 'living legend' Henry manages France some day
He was unleashed in a roving attacking position to devastating effect against Brazil, scoring with a wonderfully sweet strike. After ousting Brazil in the semis, Belgium go into their match up against France high in confidence.

"We need to look at the younger generations, but we have the drive and ambition". When Henry finished playing and joined Martinez's new Belgium staff in 2016, Deschamps said, "He jumped on the right train". Of course, it is a hard situation, it really is not easy for him. "It really is not easy for him, because it does happen sometimes".

"When you go to a club overseas and play one from your own country, you are part of the enemy team", Deschamps said. The victory against Belgium was, for each of them, only the 11th time they have played for France. The France vs. Belgium game is being broadcast in English on Fox, and in Spanish on Telemundo. Croatia, who boast Real Madrid's Luka Modric and Barcelona's Ivan Rakitic in a strong midfield, emerged through extra-time and spot-kicks against Denmark before going through the same ordeal again against Russian Federation in Saturday's quarter-final.

Lukaku missed the ball in the box on 88 minutes from a driven cross by De Bruyne. "That's his job now".

This was Belgium manager Roberto Martinez's first competitive defeat as Belgium manager.

They will play the victor of tomorrow's second semi-final match between England and Croatia.

As a child, Hazard used to study videos of the man who led France to the World Cup in 1998 - and stepped down as Real boss in May, to hone and copy his skills.

After a cagey opening, Paul Pogba's ball over the top nearly created an opportunity in the box for Mbappe before the same combination a few minutes later saw Belgium goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois forced to race out and smother a throughball before Mbappe could get on the end of it.

Best World Cup finish: Fourth place, 1986.