The calm before the semi-final storm

Croatian players celebrate during a shootout against Russia in the quarterfinals

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.

Belgium paid the price for failing to take their chances against France but will now have to shake off their disappointment and focus on finishing third at the World Cup, coach Roberto Martinez said after his team's defeat in the semifinal. It is a fantastic generation and in order to beat them we will have to play a great match.

Talking about the influence of Guardiola on his game and City and Belgium's playing style, de Bruyne said: "Pep has helped me to play better as an individual". We know they are capable of doing it - it just has not happened yet.

The most unpredictable and entertaining FIFA World Cup in recent memory wraps up this week, with just four matches left to be played.

Here are my predictions for how the rest of the World Cup will play out.

"I wasn't born in 1998, so I have never seen people on the Champs-Elysees celebrating. Everyone is with us, we're all in this together". "There were a lot of things, a lot of hard things".

Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane takes on a familiar opponent this week when England face Croatia in the World Cup semi-final.

"He's become a star in France", the 27-year-old told a news conference when discussing Mbappe, who moved to Paris Saint-Germain last August in a loan move since made permanent. "I do not have the words", Mbappe said to TF1.

I am sure Giroud will get a goal soon, but even if he doesn't he is a big, strong target man, and the other attackers can play off him.

France coach Didier Deschamps' first-choice right back, Djibril Sidibe, injured his right knee in April, making way for Pavard.

France President Emmanuel Macron was on hand for the game in St Petersburg and came down to the dressing room to celebrate with the players and staff.

"We've won after scoring in the last minute, won after conceding in the last minute, come through extra time and penalties".

Up for grabs are the Golden Boot Award (most goals scored), Golden Ball Award (best player), Golden Glove Award (best goalkeeper), Fair Play Award (best disciplinary record) and the Young Player Award.

"They worked in '98 and we worked today, we reached out target to get to the final".

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