France and Belgium have clashed on the field for more than 120 years, but on Tuesday, in the World Cup semifinal in Saint Petersburg, the stakes will be higher than ever before.
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.
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De Bruyne also admitted that it felt like a "now or never" moment for this Belgium squad who, after quarter-finals together at the last two worldwide tournaments, have already take a step forward in beating Brazil last Friday to reach the last four.
'He's become a star in France but when I was playing against him for City against Monaco he'd only played 10 matches, ' De Bruyne said.
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The forward has been criticized by Henry in the past, but he said there were no hard feelings - just his hunger to win. That evenness is why France is the team to beat in the mind of Jeffrey Marcus, publisher of the World Cup newsletter "The Banter". I don't resent him.
While Asterix is a Frenchman, Tintin - the daring journalist - has Belgium as his home.
Statistically speaking, France had Belgium's number when it came to taking shots for most of the game.
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Brazil were dumped out of the World Cup following a very impressive first-half display by Roberto Martinez's side.
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They stopped the clock on 38:55 but they were soon out of the "hotseat" as Sky - second off - came through five seconds quicker. As I've said from the start , the legs are good. "It just shows that we are here, too, and let's get it on".
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The FC Barcelona centre-back has a knee injury, and his availability will depend on a fitness test closer to kick-off. The attacker has been crucial to Belgium's run to the semi-finals, providing two goals and two assists for his side.
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