African players in France's World Cup team

Clyde Nash
July 11, 2018

France will take on Belgium in the semifinals of the tournament later tonight at 11:30 PM IST and he will be one of "Le Blues" main man, already having scored 3 goals in the tournament so far.

"France were one of the favourites before the World Cup and I think the game will be tougher than against Brazil due to their individual quality", he said. "Portugal is not the Belgium side we face tomorrow, we have to give everything to get there", said Deschamps.

"They're a real team", she said.

Giroud can score - his 31 career goals are tied with Zinedine Zidane for fourth place on the Bleus' all-time scoring list - but history shows that France doesn't need its center forward to score if it wants to win its second World Cup title.

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She knows what she has to do, and she took a big step Saturday. "To be honest, I got less nervous during the playoff", she said. Ryu is playing with plenty of confidence after collecting her first win of 2018 at the Meijer Classic two weeks ago.

Still, Kevin Miles of the Football Supporters Federation expects between 5,000 and 7,000 fans for Wednesday's semifinal against Croatia, but admits "a lot of people are doing it last minute, so it's very hard to put numbers on it". If we do not make it to the final, or do not become world champions, that would also be a disappointment.

They're getting the World Cup croissants ready in Paris.

The official mascot for the tournament is Zabivaka - an anthropomorphic wolf dressed in the colors of the Russian national team - whose name is derived from the Russian word meaning "to score".

"He can be unsafe for us but we are going to try and stop him from playing".

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"We know that Belgium are a top team".

"He might not have the flamboyant style of other players but the team needs him in each and every match", said Deschamps.

France boss Didier Deschamps and Belgium coach Roberto Martinez both made just one change for Tuesday's blockbuster World Cup semi-final between the neighbouring European nations in Saint Petersburg.

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