World Cup 2018 semi-final: France v Belgium – live! | Football

Deschamps has made just one change to the lineup that started France’s prosaic win over Uruguay, with Matuidi returning from suspension to replace Tolisso. Belgium’s lineup is intriguing/absurd: Roberto Martinez has opted for a bold approach to coping with the loss of the suspended Thomas Meunier, with Nacer Chadli filling in for him on the right of what looks like being a back four with Vertonghen at left-back. Or is it a back three with Chadli as as a right wingback? And the left wingback being De Bruyne?! What we know for sure is that Mousa Dembélé comes into a beefed up midfield. That battle in the middle will be fascinating and ferocious. As for the prospect Mbappé running at Chadli or in the void behind De Bruyne, well, that’ll not be for the squeamish …
France: Lloris; Pavard, Varane, Umtiti, Hernandez; Kanté, Pogba, Matuidi; Mbappé, Giroud, Griezmann
Subs: Mandanda, Areola, Kimpembe, Rami, Tolisso, Sidibé, Mendy, Lemar, Nzonzi, Thauvain, Dembélé, Fekir
Belgium: Courtois; Chadli, Alderweireld, Kompany, Vertonghen; Witsel, Dembélé, Fellaini; Hazard, Lukaku, De Bruyne
Subs: Mignolet, Casteels, Vermaelen, Boyata, Carrasco, Mertens, T Hazard, Tielemans, Januzaj, Dendoncker, Batshuayi
Referee: C Cakir (Tur)
Nacer Chadli

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