FIFA 2018: Semi Finals ….and then there were 4


Semi-Final: France vs Belgium (Tuesday 10 July,  11.30pm (IST) in St. Petersburg)

Did you know that Arsenal legend Thierry Henry, a former World Cup winner from is an assistant coach for Belgium? Well, Tuesday night will be a tough evening at work for the 40-year-old football pro as he will be coaching Belgium!

France is the strongest team on paper left in this World Cup. Their forwards Mbappe & Griezmann are on fire and have scored 3 goals each in this World Cup. The French defence led by Raphaël Varane has been pretty strong and has conceded only 4 goals so far in the competition. Remember France won the World Cup in 1998 and lost in the finals to Italy in 2006.

Belgium, on the other hand, has reached a semis of a World Cup only once. In 1986, Argentina beat Belgium in the semis en route to winning the World Cup. But that aside, Belgium is in unstoppable form, the side hasn’t lost a match in their last 24 outings. Striker Romelu Lukaku their star is the man to watch out for, the Manchester United forward has scored 17 times in his last 13 games for Belgium!

Semi-Final: England vs Croatia (Wednesday 11 July, 11.30pm (IST) in Moscow)

The last time England played a world cup semifinal, Croatia was still fighting for Independence.  England has managed to surprise everyone by reaching the semifinals for the first time since 1990. The Three Lions riding on Harry Kane’s superb are going in as the favourites to reach the final. ‘King Kane’ has scored 6 goals in the competition so far and leads the race to win the Golden Boot. The 1-0 loss to Belgium in the last Group stage meant that the Gareth Southgate led side had an easier outing in the Quarterfinals against Colombia.

Croatia, on the other hand, are strong after knocking out hosts Russia in yet another penalty shootout in the quarterfinals. The good news for Croatia is that their stars from Barcelona & Real Madrid Ivan Rakitic & Luka Modric have combined well at this World Cup. The side looks almost like a complete and very strong unit. The 1998 World Cup semi-finalists will be looking to go one step further this time around. England & Croatia have played each other 5 times in the past and the Three Lions hold the edge with 3 wins.

Written by: Yash Chawla. Yash is former Sports Anchor of NDTV. With over 9 years of experience as a Sports Journalist, Yash now sails with

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