France to play Belgium on Tuesday in first semi-final


Four nations, one dream. We are on the cusp of the 2018 World Cup semi-finals…
and it’s an all-European affair in Russia. First up on Tuesday is France versus Belgium. The winner of that will play either England
or Croatia in Sunday’s final. Our Lee Seung-jae reports. What started out with 32 countries…. is
now down to four. And after Brazil and Uruguay were dumped out
in the quarter-finals, the semi-final action is a totally European affair. There will only be one winner, but we know
it’ll either be France, Belgium, England or Croatia holding the World Cup aloft come Sunday. The semi-finals kick off Tuesday night, local
time, with one of the most mouthwatering match-ups of the tournament so far: France versus Belgium. Both countries have superb goalkeepers, tough
defense and lots of attacking flair. Les Bleus are led by stars including Paul
Pogba, Antoine Griezmann and the 19-year-old sensation Kylian Mbappe,… while the Red
Devils’ line-up showcases Kevin De Bruyne, Romelu Lukaku and Eden Hazard. While bookmakers have France as the slight
favorites,… Belgium has a secret weapon: Legendary French
striker Thierry Henry,… who’s currently Belgium’s assistant coach,… and he’ll be
plotting to take down his own countrymen. On Wednesday it’s the turn of England and
Croatia. For English fans, the hope is that “Football’s
Coming Home” for the first time since 1966, the one and only time England has ever won
the World Cup. But Croatia will be looking to rock the boat
and book a place in their first ever World Cup final. Both sides would rather avoid it,… but pundits
say extra time and penalties could be on the cards,… with Croatia knocking out Russia
and Denmark on penalties on their road to the semis. England also needed penalties to overcome
Colombia in the round of 16. The World Cup final will take place in Moscow
on Sunday afternoon, local time. Lee Seung-jae, Arirang News.

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