Projecting Final Matchup Before 1st Semi-Final Game

Tanya Simon
July 10, 2018

As part of a warm-up, they played a dodgeball style game, only they replaced the ball with a rubber chicken - because why not?

The World Cup rivalry between the two European Union members dates back to the 1938 World Cup which France hosted and Les Bleus defeated Le Diable Rouge 3-1 in an opening round encounter. Can we beat Sweden? Yes.

After 60 games we are down to just France, Belgium, England and Croatia remaining who can the win the 21st staging of the World Cup.

Denis Cheryshev's spectacular goal in Russia's 2-2 draw against Croatia was the only opening goal in the quarters not to come from a set play, although Croatia's Domagoj Vida later struck from a corner in extra time, and Mário Fernandes headed in a free kick to force a shootout in which Croatia triumphed.

Monaco keeper Subasic is understood to have missed training as a precaution, so as not to aggravate his problematic hamstring, while Lovren's unspecified injury is not thought to be serious enough to keep him out of the semi-final.

The most unpredictable and entertaining FIFA World Cup in recent memory wraps up this week, with just four matches left to be played.

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Prediction France have improved after a slow start in the group stages where they made hard work of Australia and Peru. They have also shown versatility in defence, with their three-man backline anchored by the impressive John Stones, in front of their fearless, agile goalkeeper, Jordan Pickford.

For Coach Gareth Southgate and the Three Lions, the Croatia assignment is one they must tackle with all the skill at their disposal to realise their ambition of playing in the finals to bring the Federation Internationale de Football Association trophy home.

With the World Cup semi-finals to kick off tonight at 6 PM, it is a close call who will take the match between France and Belgium.

The kitman also tweeted a picture of the team's white kits for tomorrow's semi-final clash against Croatia, printed with the date of the match below the Three Lions badge.

Croatia have been pushed to the brink twice in penalties, and England may well be fresher due to getting their business done in the 90 minutes against Sweden.

Croatia in their first ever participation in World Cup got to the semi-finals and eventually came third in the France 1998 edition and also seem poised to make history in Russian Federation.

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