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Betsy Taylor | 11 July, 2018, 06:05

As France and Belgium prepare to fight it out for a place in the World Cup final, some towns along their shared border are anxious that the evening may not be altogether neighbourly.

World Cup action continues tomorrow with France and Belgium set to lock horns in a potentially thrilling semi-final contest slated for the Krestovsky stadium in St. Petersburg.

Belgians tasted bitterness in their beer on Tuesday after their dreams of a first World Cup final were ended by the narrowest of margins by their bigger French neighbours.

"It's been two years to try and understand these footballers, the human beings behind the footballers, and to try and get a group that shared the same ambition, not just to use the national team to improve their brand", Martinez told a news conference.

He praised the adaptability of his squad after changing system from a 3-man to a 4-man defense against Brazil. Many fans and players pay little attention to the third-place playoff but for Belgium, to win it would go one better than an earlier "golden generation" who lost both the semi-final and playoff in 1986.


Henry, who won the 1998 tournament with Deschamp on home soil, works as assistant coach with the Red Devils. He said he would come back for the final, to see us with the Cup.

"In our set-up he had to be a playmaker, someone who would play a lot deeper, someone who would help getting the ball forward and bring other players into the play". England and Croatia are set to play tomorrow.

Olivier Giroud claims that France teammate Hugo Lloris is a better goalkeeper than his Chelsea teammate Thibaut Courtois.

"We'd like to have got to the final", said Omba, 18. Former German footballer and part of the 1990 World Cup winning squad, Jurgen Klinsmann, coached the U.S. football team between 2011 to 2016. "It's peculiar because there are many players on my team who will be facing their own club team mates".

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