For the generation of Hazard, De Bruyne, and Romelu Lukaku, beating Brazil in the quarter-finals was meant to be the breakthrough en route to winning a major tournament.
One of the Red Devils' many French connections was the biggest danger, as Eden Hazard, who began his career with Lille in Ligue 1, pulled the first attempt of goal just beyond the far post.
That was as close as Belgium came to taking the game to extra-time, though, as Lloris parried a long-range piledriver from Axel Witsel.
"When Deschamps took off Giroud to bring on N'Zonzi, then Pogba had more freedom but had freedom not to do silly things, he had freedom to keep the ball away from risky areas, to keep the ball, to assist Griezmann for a great chance, he was very very mature".
In 29 matches for France, both in the underage sides and the seniors, Pavard has not lost a game.
"I can not tell you everything, because we might apply the same plan against France".
In the USA, the match will be available to watch live on Fox at 2 PM ET/11 AM PT as well as on Telemundo.
Hazard did admit that he was initially unsure of the tactical tweek from Martinez, but eventually realised that the plan would be able to trouble the Selecao.
PHOTOS : les Champs-Elysées bondés !
Les gens sautaient dans tous les sens, se prenant dans les bras, les couples s'embrassant debout sur les tables de cafés. Aux balcons, des familles agitent des drapeaux sur la rue de Rivoli et les enfants en maillot français saluent la foule.
Those sentiments were echoed by goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, who said: 'France have played anti-football.
"I'm totally blown away, this is insane", said 41-year-old Gilles Rove in Paris' Belleville neighbourhood.
Kylian Mbappe says he wants to win the World Cup and is not interested in individual awards such as the Ballon d'Or.
When do Belgium and France play?
At the final whistle, the France bench erupted onto the field and the players broke into dance. As long as I can help the team, it's all that matters to me.
With so many technically skilled players on both sides, expect a physical match. "The French team has less possession, but in defence, the French team is stronger". The World Cup equivalent of a local derby, with a heavy dose of national rivalry thrown in. They have, in fact, conceded the most goals of any remaining team. If they play at their best and similar to what they did against Brazil, then Belium have a decent chance of reaching the country's first FIFA World Cup final in the nation's history. Individual skills are always shown, but team play is the characteristic of the French play. And it was just as possible to picture Les Bleus falling apart under their unpopular manager Didier Deschamps. "The game will be complicated but we are ready for it".
Blaise Matuidi missed France's quarter-final win over Uruguay through suspension, but he returns to the team replacing Corentin Tolisso, but that is the only switch Deschamps has made to his French side, who are looking to emulate the heroes of 1998, where they stormed to World Cup glory on home soil.
He added that all of them were generally healthy and in good spirits, thanks to their "high immunity " from playing football. The 12-boy soccer team and their coach were rescued after surviving 17 days inside the flooded cave in northern Thailand.
Relishing the suspense, Trump insisted he still hadn't locked down his decision, which he wants to keep under wraps until a 9 p.m. During her nomination hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee , Barrett was questioned about her religious beliefs.
Matuidi, who was suspended for the 2-0 quarterfinal win over Uruguay last Friday, comes into midfield to replace Corentin Tolisso. Giroud, who like Henry was an Arsenal forward until he joined Chelsea previous year , wishes Henry were on the French staff.
Alan Schroeder, a lawyer for the Hammond family, said the two men could get out of prison before the day was over. The pardons don't carry huge practical import; the Hammonds had already served most of their sentences.
Let us know your thoughts - and if you threw the remote at the TV during Alli's celebrations - by posting a comment below. Since advancing, England beat Colombia on penalty kicks and knocked off Sweden in the quarterfinals.
With the starting XI more or less picking itself, the only dilemma in Deschamps' mind would be the left midfield position. At the final whistle, the France bench erupted onto the field and the players broke into dance.
The four boys rescued first are "well, they're up and about", Sky News' southeast Asia correspondent, Siobhan Robbins, said. Two of them possibly have a lung infection but all eight are generally "healthy and smiling", he said .
En 2017, Yann Moix a réalisé un reportage pour Arte qui portait sur le quotidien des réfugiés à Calais. J'aurais adoré le faire! Elle peut passer 2h30 à vous écouter et parler avec une intelligence inouïe.
Among the top contenders, last year's runner-up Rigoberto Uran of Colombia is 10th, 35 seconds behind. It also put American teammate Tejay van Garderen in second place at the same time.
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La compo probable de la France face à la Belgique
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France advances to World Cup final, beats Belgium 1-0
Thank you very much to our fans. "He can feel very comfortable but equally still look very formal and stylish". I'm sure that this is the reason why we have made it to the last eight and showed a decent performance.