Follow the World Cup semifinal between France and Belgium

27-year-old looks like a man on a mission to bring the WC trophy for the first time in the country’s history

27-year-old looks like a man on a mission to bring the WC trophy for the first time in the country’s history

Who will come out on top?

Mick Jagger was one of the many famous faces in the stands at St. Petersburg Stadium.

But it was a 80 minute tackle by Olivier Giroud on Eden Hazard on the edge of the box that had the Belgians up in arms after referee Andres Cunha dismissed the appeal.

Belgium, although ranks third in FIFA World Football Rankings, were never considered the favourites of the tournament. They were impressive in beating Argentina 4-3 in last weekend's quarter-final.

Beaten finalists at Euro 2016 on home soil, France will aim to go one better in Russian Federation and emulate the successful squad of 1998 which included Didier Deschamps, who could emulate Mario Zagallo and Franz Beckenbauer by winning the World Cup as both a player and manager. It was a deserved win by Didier Deschamp's team, which had 19 shots, 10 more than Belgium.

France will be at full strength ahead of this game.

Samuel Umtiti scored the victor. The FC Barcelona centre-back has a knee injury, and his availability will depend on a fitness test closer to kick-off. The Guardian's Martin Laurence seemingly went against the grain, however, and predicted a 2-1 win for Belgium.

France is back in the World Cup final for the first time since Zinedine Zidane's headbutt in 2006.

This World Cup has represented progress for a team who lost in the quarter-finals of the 2014 tournament in Brazil and at Euro 2016. Roberto Martinez's men arrive to the semifinals with a lot of momentum their way heading into this match, but France is not going to be an easy opponent. Its best chance came in the 39th minute when Kylian Mbappe flicked a short through ball to Benjamin Pavard from the right side, but Courtois managed a kick-save on Pavard's shallow angle shot, sending it wide.

With England or Croatia awaiting, the victor of this one will go in to Sunday's final as the favorites.

Belgium will be without Thomas Meunier for the first time in the tournament, as the PSG midfield has also picked up a suspension. If so, Nacer Chadli may start on the right, with Yannick Carrasco returning on the opposite flank.

Friends and foes at the same time? He whipped his cross across goal but Marouane Fellaini was unable to get a touch to turn the ball goal-ward. But there haven't been one or two secrets to make it work, it's been common sense.

Martinez' men are the only side to have won all of their games in 90 minutes in Russian Federation and are the tournament's top scorers with 14 goals.

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

The World Cup is within their grasp now, just don't mention headbutts.

Final: France 1, Belgium 0. Both matches happened during the Round of 16.

"It was a very tight game". One where the stakes will be extremely high between two attacking-minded sides. "But I played many, many wonderful matches with Chelsea, Lille and with the Belgian team; however, in general, this is the best game I've played so far in my career".

"We could easily have frozen".

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