France take on Belgium for a place in the final

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Belgium's beaten players did not want to talk about the end of an era - not with stars like 27-year-old De Bruyne, 26-year-old Courtois and 25-year-old Lukaku in the team and more coming through the youth ranks.

Both sides are no mugs defensively, but they have each made a habit out of conceding as this tournament has progressed.

First, let's cover the suspensions. He'll rejoin the French midfield with NGolo Kante and Paul Pogba, who have been the best unit in the tournament.

Yannick Ferreira-Carrasco and Thorgan Hazard could be alternatives to replace Meunier.

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Up in the corporate seats, French President Emmanuel Macron reacted to the goal by shaking the hand of King Philippe of Belgium as Federation Internationale de Football Association president Gianni Infantino watched on between them. The former Everton boss used a four-man back line against Brazil after using a three-man defense for the previous four matches.

The substitute offered a threat from Belgium's right wing too, with one teasing cross from the flank seeing Fellaini narrowly miss the target with a header as he looked to make amends for his part in the opener. They are trained by Didier Deschamps, who won the Cup in 1998 as a player and is now trying to do the same as a coach.

France started the tournament in Russian Federation slowly, struggling for goals in the group stages but hit their stride in an impressive 4-3 victory against Lionel Messi's Argentina in the first knockout round.

Samuel Umtiti was the match-winner for France, as they reached a third World Cup final in six tournaments thanks to a 1-0 victory over their local rivals. "They have everything they need to be a great team and they are a great team". It is a fantastic generation and in order to beat them we will have to play a great match. "For sure, I would rather him being with us and giving me the advice, but you can't be jealous, and it is not shocking me at all", said French forward Olivier Giroud, about Henry, reported Reuters. "I felt we started the second-half with a better tempo and were growing into the game when we conceded from a corner".

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Consequently they will be looking to find Mario Mandzukic's head at every opportunity, which plays into England's hands.

In the semifinal, both sides will play a game of "pick your poison" in what promises to be an energetic, back-and-forth match. All yellow cards are wiped out after the quarter-final to ensure no player is suspended in the final should he be booked in the semis.

This is the 74th meeting between these teams, but it's mostly been through friendlies between neighboring nations.

From dreaming of a first World Cup final, Belgium will now have to be content with a playoff for third place, but Martinez said he was proud of his players and would do all he could to get them ready for their final match of the tournament.

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