Goal feast expected in World Cup battle

Annette Crawford
July 10, 2018

Kane leads the World Cup with six goals but what has been more impressive is the way he has lad the line, held up the ball and taken a battering for his team. He was their leading scorer in the World Cup when the country won its first and only world title as host nation in 1998, despite not being a regular starter and only 20 years old at the time. Come Tuesday, the two great friends will turn foes at Saint Petersburg.

Andres Cunha of Uruguay was assigned to referee the match after working France's opening 2-1 win over Australia and Spain's 1-0 victory over Iran in the group stage.

The firepower both France and Belgium possess is truly frightening.

As Argentina showed, France can be susceptible defensively.

Without further ado, here is our guide to the World Cup semi-finals. Specifically, De Bruyne. But ultimately, France have the edge: the skill, running, intelligence, strength and invention from their trio is surely superior to their opponents. 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! "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".

The mocked-up page shows French coach Didier Deschamps, striker Olivier Giroud and football federation chiefomelu Lukaku heading in a auto towards a rocket guarded by Belgian footballers Romelu Lukaku, Kevin De Bruyne and Thibaut Courtois. "But we're not thinking about it too much, we're going to be focused on the pitch and our game". Will Belgium be up to the challenge?

One of the keys to Belgium's players joining Henry in potentially claiming that rarefied status of being World Cup winners will be the performance of Manchester City star Kevin De Bruyne against Les Bleus.

Yannick Ferreira-Carrasco and Thorgan Hazard could be alternatives to replace Meunier. But his passing range was superb against Argentina and Uruguay, and Roberto Martinez's Belgium would use Marouane Fellaini to counter Pogba.

Goldman Sachs has changed it's mind about the World Cup final - again. 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. In terms of the qualities of the individual personnel, it's no contest: N'Golo Kante, Paul Pogba and Blaise Matuidi would be better than most midfield trios you could care to name, but might Belgium have a more effective unit?

They will also have the likes of Kylian Mbappé and Antoine Griezmann.

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

"With Brazil now out of the World Cup, Belgium is at the top of our probability table", Goldman's analysts wrote. Portugal exorcised their years of Zidane-inflicted misery with a shock final win at the Stade de France, the scene of Les Bleus' finest hour 18 years earlier.

It was a back and forth match, demonstrating the fact that third place playoffs tend to be very open affairs where both side's throw caution to the wind with very little to lose. One where the stakes will be extremely high between two attacking-minded sides.

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