Now, this is a game that you simply cannot miss.
Belgium are one of two teams representing Group G [the other team being England], they qualified from the group with 3 out of 3 wins and have shown no signs of slowing down winning their last 16 and quarter final games in 90 minutes as well. Against the odds, they came out with a 2-1 win over ante post favourites Brazil.
Surprisingly enough, the name to mention after that game was MarouaneFellaini, after putting in a brilliant performance off the bench vs last 16 losers Japan, he warranted a start against Brazil where he did not disappoint Roberto Martinez, alongside Axel Witsel the two afro-headed midfielders completely bossed it defensively and will more than likely be the starting pairing coming into this game vs France.
Offensively, Belgium have scored the most goals in the whole tournament and the main provider of them has been RomeluLukaku. The speed, strength and ability to power through defenders has served him very well scoring 4 goals in the 4 games he’s taken part in, disappointingly for him though it should be about 8.
There have been some question marks about his ability to finish some of the more simple chances but you cannot fault his attacking positioning to get given these kind of chances. EdenHazard has been the key for Belgium, the Chelsea winger has been able to draw endless fouls with his outstanding dribbling ability.
There’s very few players in the world that are capable of doing what EdenHazard can do with a football at his feet and even the best defenders on the world stage have been unable to stop him.
Reverting back to talk about the Belgiumdefence, the star-studded back line with names such as Alderwiereld and Vertonghen have been struggling to keep the goals out. After conceding only twice in the group stage [both goals to Tunisia] they have conceded twice to Japan and then once to Brazil.
There has always been a question raised about Belgium regarding whether they can play as a unit, offensively they seem to have it sorted but they are still a bit hesitant at the back. Moving into the latter stages of the tournament coming up against the best forwards in the world they’re not going to be able to make any kind of mistakes because they will be punished.
Thomas Meunier will also be out for racking up too many yellow cards which could definitely be a concern. This team will undoubtedly be relying on EdenHazard to pull them through but if Fellaini and Witsel do not perform as they did vs Brazil this will be a very rocky fixture against a talented Franceforward line.
France have got better and better as the tournament has gone on after a comfortable group stage where they won 7 from 9 points, which lead into a round of 16 fixture against South American giants, Argentina.
Argentina had a very poor group stages only just scraping through to the knockout stages with a late goal in their final group stage game and did not improve defensively at all moving into the France game.
With the final score being 4-3, after taking the lead France quickly conceded 2 goals with each of them coming either side of the half time whistle. The response was simply fantastic though, Kylian Mbappe really did turn it on and showed blistering pace and top class finishing ability scoring a second half brace.
After battling through a tough game there, their run did not get any easier after drawing Uruguay who at the time had conceded just the one goal and had just knocked out Portugal.
Fortunately enough for France, Edinson Cavani was ruled out injured and that allowed France to man mark Luis Suarez out of the game.
France walked straight through this game 2-0 with AntoineGriezmann picking up pace in the goal scoring side of things. The outright power of the France setup does not allow any teams to rest with the variety of options they possess.
This Franceside is by no means top heavy, the defensive side of France is simply world class.
The hard working N’goloKante has the energy of two players, arguably the best defensive midfielder in the world he could be the key to stopping EdenHazard and taking France to the final. Raphael Varane has been fantastic defensively too, his pace and height has been a consistent issue for forwards in the tournament, the strength could definitely be lacking considering he will be marking RomeluLukaku which could make it a game of positioning for the two.
For this game there’s got to be goals, with the way France are picking up along with this momentum filled Belgium it would be absurd to rule out a thriller.