France and Belgium are all set to meet at the St. Petersburg Stadium today (Tuesday) in their pursuit for the FIFA World Cup champions golden trophy. The winner will have the right for that one last shot at the ultimate glory in global football – the FIFA World Cup champions tag. The one who fails will be left lurching for the third position before their departure from Russia.
France start firm favourites, having emerged sentimental favourites for the crown, after Brazil’s departure. For Belgium, it will their first FIFA World Cup semi-final in three decades. The next 90 minutes of action will be crucial for the teams to decide their slots in the FIFA World Cup deciders later this week – the 1998 champions France start favourites for the ticket to Grand Finale.
Belgium, playing their first FIFA World Cup semi-final in three decades, have a better head to head record against France. Also on current form, the Red and Yellow team can force the Frenchmen into the third-place playoff. This prevailing uncertainty has added to the super excitement of the World Cup final, slated to start at St. Petersburg Stadium from 11.30 pm India time tonight.
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In 73 head to head battles till date, France have registered 23 victories while Belgium have an overall better success rate for their 30 wins. French manager Didier Deschamps will be aiming to emulate feats of Mario Zagallo and Franz Beckenbauer by winning the World Cup both as a player and the manager.
However, the Belgium manager Martinez is having a near flawless run with his Red and Yellow brigade. Since May 26, Belgium under Martinez have not lost a game on their way to 19 wins and five draws, including the World Cup quarter-finals stage elimination Brazil.
The semi-final clash later tonight is packed with all the ingredients of a thriller.