Thierry Henry and Eden Hazard console emotional Neymar

Hope Soto
July 11, 2018

As neighbours France and Belgium take on each other in the first semi-final of the Fifa World Cup in St Petersburg in Russian Federation on Tuesday, July 10, the media is busy painting the rivalry as between two famous comic characters - Asterix and Tintin.

And the neighbouring towns of Wervik in Belgium and Wervicq-Sud in France will close the bridge between them to traffic on Tuesday evening, regional newspaper La Voix du Nord reported.

Russian Federation is holding its first-ever FIFA World Cup, which kicked off in Moscow with a spectacular opening show at the Luzhniki Stadium on the night of June 14.

And the Belgium admits Mbappe's performance took him by surprise, because he'd never heard of the teenager before facing him on the pitch. France will play against Belgium and Harry Kane's England will contest against Croatia. "I would be very proud to show Thierry that he chose the wrong camp".

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The match is to be played later on Tuesday.

"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. "Our ambition is to go on and win the final", Vermaelen told a news conference, some 48 hours ahead of the semi-final against France in St Petersburg.

But Belgium are counting on stars of their own like Eden Hazard and Kevin De Bruyne. If we do not make it to the final, or do not become world champions, that would also be a disappointment.

In a World Cup filled with exciting comebacks and a record-breaking number of matches decided by penalty kicks, all it took for France to best a high-scoring Belgian team was a single goal. It means, if I'm on the field, the boss thinks I can help the team.

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