France vs Belgium
One of the most talked about teams of this world cup since the start was France but things have changed as they head into the semi final to take on Belgium. France may have shown exquisite football in their journey but that can be equally matched with the firepower the Belgium’s golden generation has to offer. Belgium knocked out Brazil in the Quarters and prior to that they resurrected themselves from two goals down to a 3-2 win against the Japanese in the Round of 16. They would want to continue on their hot form in this game as well and would want to create new history for their country in football.
Every team has got a few key players who manage the entire game and even change the direction of the game and in these star filled teams there are more than a few players who can decide the game for either of the teams. Let’s have a look at them.
France Key Players:
Antoine Griezmann – This midfield maestro has delivered for his team in this world cup so far and is also expected to play a key role in this game if France has to win this game. He scored a smart free kick against Uruguay which gave his team the much needed lead in that game and then went on winning this game. His both goal scoring abilities and vision gives the France attackers a added advantage in the game.
Kylian Mbappe – What a great tournament it has been for this teenager? He single handedly destroyed Argentina and put an end to Lionel Messi’s world cup dream with his pace. Not only that he also has the abilities to finish in style like other stars and it remains to see how far can this player take his team.
Belgium Key Players:
Kevin de Bruyne – One of the modern day football wonders, Kevin de Bruyne is the heart of Belgium’s attack. With his excellent visionary skills, he not only set up goals for others but also has both the power and curl to score from a long range shot. His goal against Brazil was the decisive one as he gave Belgium the key to the match and his last minute wonder against Japan will also be one of the most memorable display of football.
Eden Hazard – Often being called the Lionel Messi of the English Premier League, Eden Hazard didn’t disappoint so far in this world cup. With his soft touches on the ball and the ability to set goals up for his teammates will be one of the key aspects of this game as well.