Belgium ready to deliver at World Cup, says Zambian legend Bwalya

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As the hysteria back home following Saturday's quarter-final win proves, so are the rest of us - and long may it continue, well, for at least another week.

"It's coming home" makes up the chorus of the 1996 song "Three Lions", by The Lightning Seeds.

"The consistent comparisons and messages I receive from friends all came about since Harry Kane's success at Tottenham over the past two years, and especially this World Cup". I miss that part of the World Cup.

The managers at two bars in Moscow that have been showing World Cup games said their venues had been packed to the rafters whenever Russian Federation was playing, but that they did not expect the high demand to continue.


If the final four games of this year's World Cup are anything like the last 60, it should be quite an exciting finish.

France will face off against Belgium in the first semi-final match Tuesday while England faces Croatia Wednesday. Croatia are on two record runs for them: five World Cup matches without defeat and scoring in nine matches in a row.

France withstood nine shots from Belgium as Hugo Lloris kept a clean sheet, and Deschamps credited his side's effort at the back.

Federation Internationale de Football Association awards the titles for the tournament's top scorer, best player, best goalkeeper, most disciplined team and best young footballer after the final.


The knockout stage of the World Cup is the single-elimination portion of the tournament with the 16 teams who advanced from the Group stage.

How they got there France made smooth work of beating Uruguay 2-0 in their quarter-final, with Raphael Varane and Antonie Griezmann the goalscorers.

"I've met quite a few of those players and we know exactly how they're held and perhaps in the modern era that would be even crazier, social media and everything else, the global thing is so much bigger". While the skill of the teams might be pretty similar, their style of play is very different.

Previous meetings England won their only previous clash at a major tournament, at Euro 2004, with a 4-2 triumph where Wayne Rooney scored twice.


The Red Devils are also the tournament's top scorers with 14 goals so it is somewhat surprising to see Belgium chalked up at bigger than 2/1 for the win (they are 11/10 to qualify for the final).

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