Mixed World Cup emotions for French legend Henry

11 July, 2018, 06:25 | Author: Cecil Buchanan
  • Thierry Henry

The highs have been so giddily high as to include a World Cup triumph on home soil and a Zinédine Zidane master class to reach the 2006 final.

Given how the voting usually goes, he nearly surely won't win the player of the tournament award, but he deserves more consideration, especially if France lifts the trophy on Sunday. If their was any executions on the day - it would be by the hands of the Red Devils.

Just three matches remain in the 2018 World Cup, the first of which is scheduled to kick off on Tuesday when France is scheduled to take on Belgium in a highly anticipated semifinal matchup. In the 19th minute, Eden Hazard's whipping shot from the left side was flicked just over the bar by French defender Raphael Varane. Kevin De Bruyne, the attack-minded midfielder, coupled savvy with a pure shot from distance to find the net. After all, they have won their five World Cup matches, and their road has been significantly tougher than France's one.

They'll need similar performances from the lot against Les Bleus and their young striker Kylian Mbappe, who outplayed Argentina's Lionel Messi in the round of 16.

With so many technically skilled players on both sides, expect a physical match. "I want to win the World Cup - the Ballon d'Or is not my problem". Sign up for our month-long newsletter.

Further, 31-year-old French goalkeeper Hugo Lloris, who plays for Tottenham with Toby Alderweireld, Jan Vertonghen and Mousa Dembele, all of Belgium, got to play two seasons as Henry's France teammate. The semifinal is scheduled to start at 2 p.m. ET on Tuesday, July 10. Alternatively you can catch the Telemundo Spanish broadcast live stream by logging into Telemundo Now with your cable or satellite provider credentials.

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Deschamps now has the chance to become the third person to win the World Cup as a player and a coach, after Germany great Franz Beckenbauer and Brazil's Mario Zagallo. Blaise Matuidi was suspended for France's 2-0 quarterfinal win over Uruguay, but he is expected to return to the lineup.

The Chelsea defensive midfielder has covered enormous amounts of ground in this World Cup, but it's not just about distance run. The game can be streamed online by visiting Fox's World Cup Hub.

Belgium, although ranks third in FIFA World Football Rankings, were never considered the favourites of the tournament. Elo world ranking: 3.

The defeat is painful for Belgium, foiled at the semi-final for the second time in their history, as the clock ticks on their so-called "golden generation". Eden Hazard was in rare form against Brazil, seemingly keeping the ball on a string attached to his feet. But he has made an extremely useful change during the tournament-moving Olivier Giroud into the starting lineup, where he hasn't scored a goal but has had an impact setting up Antoine Griezmann and Kylian Mbappé-and he has let Paul Pogba be more like himself rather than the too-withdrawn player that we have seen at Manchester United.

The one doubtful player is Samuel Umtiti.

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