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Semi Final 1: France Vs Belgium (for the right to face and lose to England in the World Cup Final)

Who will face England in the world cup final?  

49 members have voted

  1. 1. Who's going through to the final?

    • France
      28
    • Belgium
      22


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4 minutes ago, Constantine said:

Dembele and Chadli are playing there

Makes sense. Someone should tell the FIFA twitter account that :D 

 

 

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36 minutes ago, craigcwwe said:

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That is absolutely brilliant :D

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I could do with this being a bit lively. I'm absolutely shattered and can see myself falling asleep 

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Kinda weird coming into this thinking "wow should be a big game, good teams against each other in a semi final" - then sort of hits you like, hang on, we're in a semi final. A SEMI FINAL. 

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Belgium to win it, purely because Martinez has been saving Dembele for the semi’s, master stroke that ;)

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The referee is Andrés Cunha :mad: - that angry Uruguayan :mad: from Iran vs Spain. :mad:

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1 minute ago, GunmaN1905 said:

Looks like 4-3-3 for Belgium.

TV says 4231 for France and 352 for Belgium so who knows.

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Just now, Redshift said:

TV says 4231 for France and 352 for Belgium so who knows.

Unless I'm blind, Belgium is in classic 433 :D

France also basically with 3 midfielders, Griezmann and Mbappe roaming behind Giroud.

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Two really odd systems.

No way you can say Belgium is a 'classic' 4-3-3 when you use your eyes and look at where their players are. Chadli is playing super high, Vertonghen is barely crossing halfway and playing more like a left central defender in a three. Hazard is floating around as left wing back but isn't really sticking to it

Edit: now I see 4-3-3. They change completely with the ball

Edited by Astafjevs

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3 minutes ago, EnterUsernameHere said:

Belgium definitely 4-3-3 yeah.

3-5-2 with the ball.

Interesting formation.

Edited by dking

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1 minute ago, Astafjevs said:

Two really odd systems.

No way you can say Belgium is a 'classic' 4-3-3 when you use your eyes and look at where their players are. Chadli is playing super high, Vertonghen is barely crossing halfway and playing more like a left central defender in a three. Hazard is floating around as left wing back but isn't really sticking to it

No different to how Alves and Abidal played for Barcelona or to a lesser degree Brown and Evra for Utd in about 2008 and I don't think anyone would say it wasn't a 4-3-3.

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Just now, Astafjevs said:

 

Fair point about offense, but I wrote it when France had the ball and they clearly defend with 4 at the back.

And as you said, it's typical formation with one offensive fullback and the other one not going forward at all.

Hazard spreads it on the left, KdB goes towards the middle.

Just now, EnterUsernameHere said:

No different to how Alves and Abidal played for Barcelona or to a lesser degree Brown and Evra for Utd in about 2008 and I don't think anyone would say it wasn't a 4-3-3.

Chivu-Maicon :D

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**** playing Belgium in the final they look so good, really hoping France can edge this as Belgium will annihilate us as and we'd have a chance Vs France who don't have the most consistent performers.

It'd basically be the equivalent of two select Prem teams playing each other with Belgium Vs England however Martinez was given £3 billion to spend compared to Southgate's £500m :thdn:

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Steve Wilson is getting on my nerves. 

All of a sudden Hernandez's first name doesn't have the 'S' in 'Lucas' anymore and it's now 'Pavar' he doesn't bother with the 'D' anymore. 

He hasn't done this before this game, idiot. 

Edited by craigcwwe

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2 minutes ago, Hodgy said:

**** playing Belgium in the final they look so good, really hoping France can edge this as Belgium will annihilate us as and we'd have a chance Vs France who don't have the most consistent performers.

That's basically why I said I'd prefer playing France over Belgium in the Final. I could see the Belgians ripping England to pieces on Sunday if we went through, whereas I can't see France doing that. A France-England Final would probably be very tense at both ends.

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Pavard surely to move to one of the big clubs after this WC is over?

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Just now, craigcwwe said:

Jonathan Pearce is getting on my nerves. 

All of a sudden Hernandez's first name doesn't have the 'S' in 'Lucas' anymore and it's now 'Pavar' he doesn't bother with the 'D' anymore. 

He hasn't done this before this game, idiot. 

Steve Wilson is tonight's commentator.

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3 minutes ago, CFuller said:

Steve Wilson is tonight's commentator.

My bad, Steve Wilson then. 

Edited by craigcwwe

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Just now, EnterUsernameHere said:

Probably but odd timing. He looks badly exposed so far.

He's a CB.

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Belgium are doing great but I can't help thinking that if France holds on Mbappe is going to strike at some point later in the match when tiredness sets in.

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Just now, craigcwwe said:

My bad, Steve Wilson then. Point stands. 

That Jonathan Pearce hadn't done it before this game but now Steve Wilson is? :D🤔

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Just now, EnterUsernameHere said:

Probably but odd timing. He looks badly exposed so far.

He's being left one on one against Hazard. Very few defenders come out of that looking good

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