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World Cup Expansive Belgium versus pragmatic France could decide the 2018 champions

Should France go on to win the World Cup on Sunday, they would have peaked perfectly after starting the tournament in Russian Federation slowly but gaining momentum when it mattered most.

In the other semifinal match to be held on Wednesday, Croatia and England will square off against each other to face France.

France beat Belgium 1-0 to secure a place in this Sunday's World Cup final where they will meet Croatia.

"I think Eden is in a great moment of his career", Martinez said before the tournament. But the most important thing is that all the players are involved to help the team.

"I want him to be as efficient as possible for our team.When we faced, Lionel Messi, he had a very precise role, and he performed that role very well".

He refused to be drawn on comparisons between the successful squad of 20 years ago and the current crop, instead focusing on his desire to write a "new page" in the country's footballing history.

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The Red Devils made France feel pressure in the first 25 minutes but in the second half, the French took the game over. A lack of panic when they were 2-1 down against Argentina in the last-16 before coming back to win a thriller 4-3, and patience in breaking down stubborn Uruguay in the quarter-finals. Nevertheless, in 2018, their tournament ended two wins short of that ultimate prize. The Tuesday night contest will see two star-studded sides competing against each other and the outcome is indeed hard to predict considering the quality and grade of both the teams. "We can play in different ways, in different styles". "If you are going to have to lose such a match, which is bearable, it is the manner in which our players lost, pushing for everything, trying everything until the final whistle".

Lloris, who has shown himself in Russian Federation to be in the very top echelon of goalkeepers, said that Raphael Varane's performance in central defense will be vital in holding the Belgians at bay.

Another Manchester United man, Lukaku still harbors faint hopes of catching Harry Kane for the Golden Boot. Sterling was a key part of the Manchester City side that won the Premier League last season but he has been less effective in England's charge to the last four for the first time since 1990. They could stick around for the next European Championship in two years, but the 2022 World Cup in Qatar may be a bridge too far.

Hazard and De Bruyne showed they are world-class players.

"This team is nowhere near the level they're going to be capable of, partly because of their age and partly because over the next few years, with us and with their clubs, they're going to have more and more big-match experiences".

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