Belgium star Hazard: I used to support France growing up

World Cup 2018 Olivier Giroud

The match kicks-off at 20:00 hrs (BST) at Krestovsky Stadium in St. Petersburg.

When it comes to World Cup titles, France has bragging rights - for now.

There's not much to choose between the two sides: both have superb goalkeepers, strong defences and attacking talent in abundance.

Umtiti's goal was a cracker, as he outjumped Marouane Fellaini to score his third and easily most important global goal from Griezmann's pinpoint delivery.

France's Samuel Umtiti (5) heads the ball to score the only goal of the match between France and Belgium at the St Petersburg Stadium in Russian Federation early Wednesday (Thailand time).

Ronnie Whelan is predicting a France-England World Cup final. After all the back-and-forth play during the game, it can seem cruel that a simple set piece would be the decider, but give France credit.

Stat chat Samuel Umtiti's victor was the 32nd headed goal at this World Cup, the most since 2002 when there were 35. The FC Barcelona centre-back has a knee injury, and his availability will depend on a fitness test closer to kick-off.

Belgium has finally lived up to the hype surrounding them!

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One of the Red Devils' many French connections was the biggest danger as Eden Hazard, who began his career with Lille in Ligue 1, pulled the first attempt of goal just beyond the far post.

Didier Deschamps, the France manager, and Henry's captain when the World Cup and 2000 European Championship were won by Les Bleus, calls it "bizarre" that his compatriot will be on the opposing bench this afternoon, encouraging not Mbappe but the likes of Romelu Lukaku. Will Belgium be up to the challenge?

But now they have the chance to make up for 18 years of disappointment following their 2-0 win over Sweden in the quarter-finals on Saturday. The PSG right-back received his second yellow card against Brazil.

The final change Martinez made was to play Nacer Chadli in place of Dries Mertens as a traditional wide player.

Friends and foes at the same time? Unless Pogba is told to sit deep (he won't) or Blaise Matuidi can get all the way across from the left to help out (also unlikely) then Belgium will do serious damage.

Belgium's roster and team profile are here. In fact, four of Belgium's five games have witnessed over 2.5 goals scored.

But it was a brilliant defensive display from France who kept the tournament's top scorers goal-less, providing the bedrock from which they earned victory.

But when France played host to Belgium in Saint Cloud in April 1906, the French secured revenge by winning 5-0. Both matches happened during the Round of 16. "For him tomorrow it could be a bit hard, but he works for Belgium now, he wants us to win". One where the stakes will be extremely high between two attacking-minded sides. "It's a group of people who share a vision of making Belgian football proud and achieving something important, and these players have done that".

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