The Red Devils of Belgium will be hoping to write a new chapter in football history as they take on the French national team in the first semi final match of the Russia 2018 World Cup on Tuesday.

Since making their debut at the 1930 World Cup, Belgium have never made it to the finals but the 'Golden Generation' led by Eden Hazard will be hoping to do so on Tuesday as they take on France at the Krestovsky Stadium in Saint Petersburg. 

Going by past records, Belgium have the edge but it will be suicidal to belief that the outcome of Tuesday's semi final will be influenced solely by past antecedents.

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Belgium has the edge as it has won 30 of the 73 matches between the two sides, compared with 24 for France.

Recent history is also on the side of the Red Devils: they triumphed 4-3 in the last meeting between the two teams, which took place on June 7, 2015, at the Stade de France.

When it comes to World Cup titles, France has bragging rights — for now.

France won its first and only World Cup in 1998, while Belgium are yet to play in the final let alone raise the trophy.

Interestingly, one individual who helped France will their sole title two decades ago, Thierry Henry is now in the 'enemy camp'.

There have been talks on where Henry's allegiance will be in Tuesday's battle for a final ticket but that nonetheless the Arsenal legend will be a winner either ways whether Belgium wins or France pick up the first final ticker for Russia 2018.

Possible lineups:

France: Lloris; Pavard, Varane, Umtiti, Hernandez; Pogba, Kante; Mbappe, Griezmann, Matuidi; Giroud.

Belgium: Courtois; Alderweireld, Kompany, Vertonghen; Carrasco; Fellaini, Witsel, Chadli; Hazard, Lukaku, De Bruyne.


France 2-2 Belgium (Belgium penalty win)

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