France and Belgium will begin the Semifinal round of 2018 FIFA World Cup. The mouth-watering semifinal is scheduled to be held at the Luzhniki stadium that will decide the first finalist of the competition. This is the second semifinal appearance of Belgium, while France are eyeing the second World Cup title. The Belgium head coach changed tactics against Brazil that resulted a good one. Will he stick to his favourite 3-4-2-1 formation or keep on changing? French boss Didier Deschamps kept a clean sheet against Uruguay. In short, the first semifinal is going to be a big bang!
How to watch Live Stream?
Fox Sports holds the broadcasting rights of FIFA World Cup matches for the US viewers. Watch France vs Belgium live on Fox Sports with the help of fuboTV 7-days free trial for the US citizens. If you are already subscribed on fuboTV, simply login and enjoy your watching. Others proceed with Channel 2 to watch it live. You may need subscription to watch there.
When and where it will be?
The iconic Saint Petersburg Stadium will host the first semifinal of 2018 FIFA World Cup. It is also known as Krestovsky stadium. It will start at 6:00 pm according to Greenwich Mean Time.
|Competition||2018 FIFA World Cup|
|Date||10 July 2018|
|Time||6:00 pm [GMT]|
|Venue||Saint Petersburg Stadium|
Where to watch on TV?
Viewers from France can watch it live on TF1 or beIN Sports 1/2/Connect. If you are from Belgium, witness the live action on RTBF Auvio Direct, Een, La Deux. See other broadcasters below.
- France: beIN Sports 1/2/Connect
- Belgium: RTBF Auvio Direct, Een, La Deux
- China: CCTV 5, Guangdong Sports Channel, CCTV5+ VIP, Tianjin Sports Channel
- Iceland: RUV, RUV Radio
- India: Sony Ten 2/3/ESPN/HD 2/HD 3/ESPN HD
- New Zealand: SBS, EM TV, Sky Sports 4 NZ, Sky GO NZ
- Portugal: Sport TV1, RTP 1, Sport TV Live, RTP Play
- UK: ITV 1, RTE 2, The ITV Hub, STV Scotland, UTV, RTE Player
- USA: fuboTV, Fox Network, Fox Sports Go, Telemundo, Telemundo Deportes En
France and Belgium is one of the oldest Football rivalries. They have played 73 games against each other out of which Belgium won 30 games and France won 24.
The two sides met twice in FIFA World Cup competitions with French side won on both occasions. Their first World Cup meet took place in 1938 when France won by 3-1 and then in 1986 when Les Blues again won by 4-2.
The red devils won all last three head to head games against France although they were friendlies. Their most recent meeting took place in June 2015 that was a 4-3 win of Belgium.
This is the second appearance of Belgium in the semifinal round. Their first appearance was in 1986. The red devils were eliminated by Argentina who later won the World Cup. They are unbeaten in their last 24 games with 19 victories and 5 draws.
World Cup Journey
World Cup form: WWDWW
Les Blues begin the FIFA World Cup 2018 the way they expected. After a 2-1 win against Australia, the Frenchmen continued their winning run in second game against Peru. Their 0-0 draw against Denmark was the only goalless draw of the tournament.
Kylian Mbappe stole the show against Argentina with two superb strikes that helped France to win 4-3 against the South Americans. They got even better result against another South American team Uruguay [2-0] in the quarterfinal.
World Cup form: WWWWW
This is turning out to be the best FIFA World Cup for the red devils. Five wins in five games which includes some remarkable victories against England in group stage and Brazil in the quarterfinal is not an easy task. Once again, Belgium have proved that why they are currently 3rd best team in the World.
Belgium begun their World Cup campaign with a 3-0 win against promoted side Panama. Their next rivals were Tunisia against whom they netted five times in response of 2. They also kept a clean sheet win against England in last group game. Japan were the only ones who gave them tough work to do. Despite conceding 2 goals, Belgium netted 3 goals to qualify for the quarterfinal. Thereafter, what they did against Brazil is in-front of everyone.
France: Hugo Lloris, Steve Mandanda, Alphonse Areola, Benjamin Pavard, Presne Kimpembe, Raphael Varane, Samuel Umtiti, Adil Rami, Djibril Sidibe, Lucas Hernandez, Benjamin Mendy, Paul Pogba, Corentin Tolisso, Ngolo Kante, Blaise Matuidi, Steven Nzonzi, Antoine Griezmann, Thomas Lemar, Olivier Giroud, Kylian Mbappe, Ousmane Dembele, Nabil Fekir, Florian Thauvin.
Belgium: Thibaut Courtois, Simon Mignolet, Koen Casteels, Toby Alderweireld, Thomas Vermaelen, Vincent Kompany, Jan Vertonghen, Thomas Meunier, Dedryck Boyata, Leander Dendoncker, Axel Witsel, Kevin de Bruyne, Marouane Fellaini, Yannick Carrasco, Thorgan Hazard, Youri Tielemans, Moussa Dembele, Nacer Chadli, Romelu Lukaku, Eden Hazard, Dries Mertens, Adnan Januzaj, Michy Batshuayi.
The lineups are not available right now.