Martinez: France's Henry is missing ingredient for Belgium

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The match kicks-off at 20:00 hrs (BST) at Krestovsky Stadium in St. Petersburg. Cunha disallowed a goal by Iran's Saeid Ezatolahi after an assistant referee and the video assistant signaled the player was offside.

Tuesday will be the first time Belgium has contested a World Cup semifinal in 32 years.

In what could be the most controversial pick of the team, Antoine Griezmann edges out Kylian Mbappe for this last attacking role. France then took the lead on the brink of half time through Jean-Pierre Papin.

Hours away from what will be the most important game in his career and for the national team he now coaches, a semifinal clash against France in Saint Petersburg, Martinez looks affable, relaxed and confident. Deschamps will recover Blaise Matuidi, who missed the quarterfinals game vs Uruguay due to a suspension. The FC Barcelona centre-back has a knee injury, and his availability will depend on a fitness test closer to kick-off.

Belgium, the tournament's top scorers, have not reached this stage since 1986 when they finished fourth.

I think the Red Devils can do that via cutting out his running lines by denying him space in the channels and also by choking the supply of passes to him. 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. Will Belgium be up to the challenge?

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France's 1998 World Cup victor Thierry Henry, pictured with Romelu Lukakau, is now assisting Belgium's strikers before their semifinal against France.

With so many world-class players on display this World Cup semi-final should be an absolute classic - or it will end in a drab goalless draw with the winners reaching Sunday's final via a penalty shoot-out.

The former Everton manager will have a big absence since Thomas Meunier is out due to suspension. The PSG right-back received his second yellow card against Brazil.

Friends and foes at the same time? Marouane Fellaini, who has oft-partnered Pogba in the United midfield, will now be looking to stop the powerful Frenchman.

"What we didn't have was worldwide experience, the know-how of winning a World Cup, the know-how of being a footballer expected to perform in front of the world, and knowing how you feel in those moments".

Fox Sport Asia: "This should be a very intriguing match-up given the depth of talent that these two teams have".

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Striker Romelu Lukaku has four goals and an assist in his four games and has drawn praise for his unselfish play.

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

Martinez signed a new two-year deal as coach before the World Cup while Henry has not yet accepted an offer to continue.

After winning Group C with a total of seven points, France defeated Argentina 4-3 in the Round of 16 and eliminated Uruguay last Friday by the final of 2-0. "We need to be the best version of ourselves". One where the stakes will be extremely high between two attacking-minded sides. I thought it was fantastic how he did it, how he worked it out and how the players did it. Les Bleus probably will score once through pure graft and no more.

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