France Learnt Their First Football Lesson From Belgium, Tonight May Not Be Any Exception

Tonight's semifinal fixture will see the French all time highest goalscorer Thierry Henry who is the assistant coach of Belgium Square up against the national team with whom he won four major FIFA recognised football titles including a World Cup gold and silver medal. The Frenchman will have a feeling of sad joy regardless of which team ends up victorious.

France and Belgium have a football history that dates back to 114yrs ago. The two European teams played their first international matches against each other in a thrilling encounter that ended 3-3 on May 1, 1904 in Brussels.

Since then, France has gone on to become one of the most popular and successful footballing nations in the world.

The French football team was the first national team to win the three most important men’s titles recognized by FIFA: the World Cup, the Confederations Cup, and the Olympic tournament after victory in the Confederations Cup in 2001.

They are currently ranked 7th below their opponents Belgium who are currently occupying the 3rd position. The star studded Belgium team have only conceded 3 times in this world cup and will look to book a place in the world cup final for the first time in their history, after finishing 4th in the Mexico 86' World Cup.

The Red Devils will rely on the devastating runs of their skipper and midfield maestro Eden Hazard to unlock the French defense. Hazard will come head to head with his Chelsea teammates, Ngolo Kante and Giroud.

Also, the Belgium team boasts of other great players such as Romelu Lukaku, DeBruyne and the mercurial  Dembele who may come in as substitute.

On the other hand, Vincent Kompany and Vertonghen will struggle to cope with the lightening pace of Mbappe and Griezman.

The key battle area of the game will likely be in the middle of the pack. Either way the pendulum swings tonight, it promises to be a very thrilling encounter.

By Onwordi Ngozi Fortune.

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