FIFA WC 11 July 2018 - Who will join Les Bleus
MORGAN PIEK
18:00 Wed, 11 Jul 2018
FIFA WC 11 July 2018 - Who will join Les Bleus | News Article
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The second semi-final of the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia will be played this evening when Croatia and England go head-to-head in Moscow.


They will be battling it out to earn the right to face France on Sunday in the final.

Last night, Les Bleus established themselves as the favourites for a second title when they beat the much-fancied Belgium 1-0 in St. Petersburg.

Not much separated the two teams, and the only difference turned out to be a set-piece which the defender, Samuel Umtiti, headed for the winner.

It’s the third time that the French have reached the final, and they will back themselves, regardless of who they will be playing against for a second title.

England, in their turn, are playing in their first semi-final since 1966 when they went on to win the World Cup for the first and only time.

Croatia are also appearing in their second semi-final, with the only previous occasion being in 1998 when they lost to France, who went on to win the World Cup.

The Liverpool midfielder, Jordan Henderson, who recently played in the Champions League final against Luka Modic, says that his Real Madrid counterpart won’t be the only Croatian threat on the park this evening.

Croatia booked their play in the semi-final by beating Denmark on penalties in the round of 16, and going to penalties again to knock the hosts, Russia, out.

The Croatian defender, Dejan Lovren, conceded that this could lead to some fatigue later this evening.

Lovren, who is a teammate of Henderson at the Reds, says there is very little he can tell his national teammates about the team and the threats in this evening’s semi-final.

Tonight’s semi-final at the Luzhniki Stadium kicks off at 20:00.

For the latest updates on the 2018 FIFA World Cup, visit www.ofm.co.za and follow @OFMSport on Twitter.

Morgan Piek OFM Sport


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