Fest possible in France-Belgium World Cup semifinal

Brazil, who entered this year's World Cup as one of the overwhelming favorites to win the World Cup, have now been eliminated following a 2-1 loss in the quarter-finals to Belgium.

Elsewhere in the other game, the Golden Generation of Belgium continued to prove their mettle at the highest stage as they ousted a domineering Brazil team out of the FIFA World Cup underway in Russian Federation. "We were maybe more France fans than Belgium at the time", he recalled.

The powerful striker is though still in with a shout for the Golden Boot award as he managed to grab four goals in the first two matches of the group stages.

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Even for England, they have progressed into the semi-finals of the World Cup for only the third time, having also done so in 1966 and 1990.

"We've already had our first knockout win in 12 years, our first win in a penalty shootout in a World Cup for England, the highest number of goals scored in an individual game (against Panama)", added former defender Southgate.

Belgium's quarter-final battle with Brazil will be a classic encounter between an unstoppable force and an immovable object when the tournament's joint best defence comes up against its most free-scoring attack in Kazan on Friday. France have always been a footballing stronghold but as we have seen in this World Cup, reputation precedes determination.

"All France knows him, what a great player he was and what an icon for football".

"It's hard for me to talk to you", Tite said at the news conference after the match.

His team are now in a World Cup semi-final, have knocked out the previous favourites, Brazil, and will have France doing a lot of second-guessing in the 48 hours ahead of Tuesday's meeting in St Petersburg.

Now, Belgium and France are set to play a semifinal match next Tuesday. Although an exceptional start to next season from Messi or incredible finish to the World Cup from someone like Neymar could make things very interesting, the only way I could really see Ronaldo relinquishing his crown is if Kane or Modric inspire their country to glory in Russian Federation.

  • Stacy Allen