France beat Belgium 1-0 to reach final

2018 FIFA World Cup Prediction: France vs Belgium

France 1, Belgium 0.

They managed to shut out Belgium after that and will now face either England or Croatia in Moscow's Luzhniki stadium on Sunday.

'Every team plays with its strengths, our strength is playing football, and their strength is in defending and counter-attacks with (Kylian) Mbappe who is very fast, ' he continued.

They last met in a friendly in 2015 and a number of Belgian and French players are team mates at club level.

"We've strived to be as good as we could be at global level and it's taken us two years to get there".

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What will be the likely lineups in France vs Belgium?

Manchester United teammates Paul Pogba and Romelu Lukaku will also be on opposing sides on Tuesday. But Hazard sums up better than anyone the close links between the nations.

"I think England will win it because I've watched Croatia closely since the start - once they won their first mach I was thinking to myself "this is a really, really good team".

Final: France 1, Belgium 0.

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.

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"But he did know that from the time he became an assistant to Martinez".

With 10 minutes to go and time running out for Belgium, they were certainly unlucky not to win a free-kick after Olivier Giroud brings Hazard to ground but the ref waved for the match to continue. Henry's old worldwide colleague Didier Deschamps has not won over everybody in his time as France coach, as he continues to favour a cautious approach despite being able to call on some of the finest attacking talents in world football.

Goalkeepers Lloris and Thibaut Courtois played a huge part their sides" quarter-final victories and it was only thanks to two of the best "keepers in the world that the game remained goalless at half-time.

They go in as slight favorites but with so numerous players familiar to each other there is very little the two sides do not know about each other.

"It is unbelievable. It is the dream of dreams, the dream of the future, everything", Mbappe said. "We came through the Japan game, then we broke down a barrier by beating Brazil".

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"If we could beat Brazil, we shouldn't fear anyone, even though the French have such a complete team". One change forced on Martinez is at right back where he will have to find a replacement for the suspended Thomas Meunier. France welcome back midfielder Blaise Matuidi after suspension.

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