Fearless France ready to show Belgium's Henry he picked wrong side

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Fearless France ready to show Belgium's Henry he picked wrong side

France and Belgium have clashed on the field for more than 120 years, but on Tuesday, in the World Cup semifinal in Saint Petersburg, the stakes will be higher than ever before.

"It has been a few years since he said what he said about me". France, strangely, have more to prove in this match, after a run in this tournament that can be described as "decent", not "exceptional". There is no player in the French team that comes close to offering what he does to the team.

After a poor outing against the US in the final tune-up, Giroud, 31, did not start the opener against Australia, but when France struggled against the Socceroos, head coach Didier Deschamps brought on Giroud, who was involved in the buildup that led to the winning goal late in the game. The teams have contested against each other for Euro 2004, where England won by 4-2. Belgium have had nine different goalscorers in the 2018 World Cup (excluding own goals); only Italy in 2006 and France in 1982 (10 each) have had more in a single tournament.

France defeated Uruguay 2-0 in Nizhny Novgorod on Friday while Belgium edged Brazil 2-1 in Kazan.

Mbappe has scored three goals so far at the World Cup.

That match will bring together some of the best artists of the round leather game in the universe at the present, including France's Paul Pogba, Antoine Griezmann and Kylian Mbappe, and Belgium's Romelo Lukaku, Kevin De Bruyne and Eden Hazard. Pele hit a hat-trick against France in the semi-final of that tournament and is the last player under 20 to score in the final four.

In 2002, the team lost to Senegal in the opening match.

'He hadn't played a lot of football and to tell the truth I didn't know him.

"Kylian Mbappe is just so quick".

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