What Fifa World Cup games can I watch today? Belgium play France for a place in the final

All eyes on coach Thierry Henry if the Red Devils score against the country he won the trophy with as a player

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 10 July, 2018, 8:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 10 July, 2018, 1:24pm

The biggest story of the first World Cup semi-final is on the bench.

France legend Thierry Henry, who was part of the France ’98 team that lifted the trophy and the Germany 2006 team that lost to Italy in the final, will be on the Belgium bench.

The former Arsenal, Barcelona and Juventus striker is Roberto Martinez’s assistant for the Red Devils and all eyes will be on the Frenchman if Belgium score.

His 1998 teammate, Didier Deschamps, is in charge of making sure that does not happen in his role as France boss.

The players know just as well as those in the dugouts.

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Many are teammates at English Premier League clubs such as Spurs, Manchester City and Manchester United or at Spanish champions Barcelona.

Belgium are the top scorers with 14 goals, which some are crediting the influence of Henry, while both sides have had goals from all around the pitch.

Raphael Varane and Benjamin Pavard have contributed for France, while Jan Vertonghen began Belgium’s comeback win over Japan.

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Behind those back lines Belgium’s Thibaut Courtois and France’s Hugo Lloris have produced some stunning saves, most notably to keep them in the lead during their quarter-finals.

With star players dotting both squads, it is anyone’s game and might come down to who is in better shape.

Thomas Meunier and Romelu Lukaku did separate fitness work in the first training session after the Brazil win, while France were also in recovery mode on Saturday after their thriller with Uruguay.

Meanwhile, Varane said his defensive partner, Samuel Umtiti, would be fit for the semi-final showdown.

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The bookmakers have France as the favourites. The French are paying $2.55 for the win, while Belgium are priced at $3.2. The draw is $3.32.

You can watch the game live from the Saint Petersburg Stadium from 2am and it is being broadcast on both Viu TV (channel 99) and the Now TV World Cup channels (618 and 619).