France and Belgium have both threatened in the first half, but are scoreless in this World Cup semifinal game in St. Petersburg.
World Cup 2018 Semi Final, Live Football Match Score: France-Belgium Remain Locked At 0-0 Entering Half-Time
Half-time: France 0-0 Belgium
It’s on a knife-edge. De Bruyne and, particularly, Hazard have fizzed with menace, while France have been cautious, as expected, but threatened on the counter-attack, where their speed – especially Mbappe – could damage France at any moment.
00:18 IST: HT: France 0-0 Belgium.
00:16 IST: Missed chance for Belgium! Kevin de Bruyne delivers a brilliant cross as Samuel Umtiti makes a slight mistake and fails to tuck it away, least anticipated by Romelu Lukaku inside the box, who takes a nudge off the ball as it goes for goal kick and referee calls it half-time.
00:13 IST: Free-kick for France, near the edge of the box after a foul on Paul Pogba by Moussa Dembele. Griezmann takes it, but the ball failed to get elevation as it hits the ball. One minute added for half-time. Still goalless!
00:09 IST: Courtois SAVES! Pavard does well to get past the Belgian defence, but the Belgian goalkeeper makes himself large to keep the shot out. France trying to get hold off the game here.
00:08 IST: Giroud struggling, took a knock as he goes off the field, but he should be fine and return into the game!
00:05 IST: Hazard brought down by Griezmann! Belgium continue to keep possession on the ball.
00:02 IST: Griezmann skies the shot! The Frenchman was in space, unmarked but his shot from outside the box rises above the crossbar.
00:00 IST: Free-kick for France, short one taken as Olivier Giroud does well to get a header which just goes wide. 30 minutes France 0-0 Belgium.
23:57 IST: Samuel Umtiti keeps it out! A brilliant ball from Kevin de Bruyne inside the box but the Barcelona defender does well to keep it away.
23:56 IST: Corner for France — their first of the night, Griezmann takes it, tucked away by Fellaini. But Frace through Matuidi continue to imply threat, the ball goes out of play. Goal kick for Belgium. 25 goalless minutes!
23:50 IST: Corner for Belgium, came off a Kevin de Bruyne long-ball cleared off by Varane. Chadli takes it but SAVED! The shot from Toby Alderweireld has been kept out by his Tottenham Hotspur teammate Hugo Lloris, who had to stretch to keep it out. France 0-0 Belgium after 22 minutes.
23:45 IST: Eden Hazard has a shot, formed by a cheeky little pass from Kevin de Bruyne, but the ball goes just wide off the post. 15 minutes played, still goalless.
23:42 IST: Chance for France, Pogba plays a brilliant through ball to find his target-man Mbappe, for whom the ball is a bit heavy as the PSG forward sprints past the Belgian defence before Courtois charges forward to collect the ball.
23:40 IST: 12 minutes on the clock, France 0-0 Belgium. The latter have enjoyed the possession better while France have so far given away the ball too easily.
23:38 IST: Belgium are in the mood here, total dominance on the ball. Though France have maintained a high back-line, trying to keep the Belgian attack out.
23:35 IST: Corner for Belgium, came off a Hazard cross cleared by Samuel Umtiti. Nacer Chadli delivers the ball inside the box, a poor one, goes for a goal-kick.
23:32 IST: Kevin de Bruyne finds Nacer Chadli on the right flank, who tries a put a cross inside the box but the ball is cleared away by Umtiti. Belgium — the top scorers of the tournament, continue to push France on the backfoot. 4 minutes played. France 0-0 Belgium.
23:30 IST: KICK-OFF! Antonie Griezmann kicks the ball from right to left to get the match underway.
23:28 IST: Eden Hazard for Belgium, Hugo Lloris for France exchange the teams sheets, the mandatory coin-toss is done. We are minutes away from the kick-off of the marquee clash.
23:25 IST: Teams have take on the turf as national anthems take the centre stage. 5 minutes to kick-off!
23:23 IST: France, Belgium have line-up in the tunnel. A final spot at stake here. Huge ask and role to play for both the goalkeepers — Lloris, Courtois.
23:09 IST: Antoine Griezmann has scored seven goals in his last six knockout stage games in major tournaments for France. The man to rely on!
23:08 IST: Lloris levels with his coach: Hugo Lloris makes his 103rd appearance for France in this match, moving level with coach Didier Deschamps in sixth on his country’s all-time list.
22:48 IST: France playing XI analysis: Didier Deschamps stays loyal to his 4-2-3-1 formation with Olivier Giroud as a number nine. Blaise Matuidi is back on the left wing. But the France coach will have to face a challenge that nobody expected – Roberto Martinez’s Red Devils are going to play in a 3-5-2, super-offensive line-up.
22:47 IST: Belgium playing XI analysis: What does Roberto Martinez have in mind with a 3-5-2 system? The intention is probably to pressure the French players and force them to play on the sides. The midfielders need to help the three-man defence as much as possible. The biggest weakness? The two wingers (Chadli and De Bruyne) will have to run a lot and do a lot defensively, which could also impact their level of performance in attack.
22:45 IST: France playing XI against Belgium:
— French Team (@FrenchTeam) July 10, 2018
22:13 IST: France’s past two World Cup semi-final appearances were good experiences for Les Bleus. On both occasions they went through to the final, beating Croatia in 1998 (2-1) and Portugal in 2006 (1-0).
22:10 IST: Belgium playing XI against France:
— Belgian Red Devils (@BelRedDevils) July 10, 2018
22:05 IST: French fans look all decked up in anticipation of the key clash. A bit over an hour for kick-off! Team sheets to be out in a few minutes.
— FillGap.News (@FillGapNews) July 10, 2018
21:50 IST: Griezmann to Lukaku, Mbappe to Hazard — all clash under one roof tonight. Regardless the results, expect this to be a thriller of a contest!
21:40 IST: Meanwhile, big news has arrived from the world of football, multiple-time Ballon d’Or winner, Cristiano Ronaldo has joined Serie A record champions Juventus.
21:05 IST: Belgium meanwhile, looked to have enjoyed their final training session ahead of the key clash. A place in the FIFA WORLD CUP 2018 FINAL at stake!
But I think Belgium Will win by 1-0 what’s your predication? comment your thoughts too