France and Belgium fight for a spot in the final match of 2018 the World Cup.
Eternal tinkerman Roberto Martinez has changed up his team again. Mousa Dembele has finally been introduced, but not in his preferred midfield position. Belgium will be playing him as a wingback. France has just one change, re-introducing Blaise Matuidi, who was suspended for the quarterfinal.
France vs. Belgium lineups
The team news from Saint Petersburg has arrived…
— FIFA World Cup (@FIFAWorldCup) July 10, 2018
The 2018 World Cup is down to just four teams now as France and Belgium begin the semifinals matches on Tuesday. Kickoff is set for 2 p.m. ET at the Saint Petersburg Stadium in St. Petersburg, Russia, and you can watch it on Fox and Telemundo. Online streaming is available in English through Fox Sports Go here or in Spanish through Telemundo here.
In France’s 14 World Cup appearances, they have advanced to five semifinals and two finals appearances, with one championship title. Belgium has 12 World Cup appearances, but has only advanced to one semifinals and have never advanced to the finals.
The winner of this match will secure a spot in the finals match, while the other team will earn a spot to play in the third-place match.
France vs. Belgium Time, TV channel, and streaming info
Time: 2 p.m. ET
Location: Saint Petersburg Stadium, St. Petersburg, Russia
TV: Fox (English), NBCSN (Spanish)
France vs. Belgium news to read before kickoff
Roberto Martinez has broken me. The Belgium manager did it again on Friday, beating giants Brazil 2-1 in their World Cup quarterfinal matchup. He did it playing a never-before-used lineup, featuring multiple people playing out of position, yet another hard-to-understand decision that ended up working out brilliantly for the manager.
This French team may never be the team that we want it to be. Every time their lineup is released, there’s surprise and contempt for what France manager Didier Deschamps has decided is the perfect starting eleven for the match.