FIFA World Cup 2018 Semi Final Fixtures – From eight to four. The teams in the FIFA world cup just keep getting lesser and lesser. Left with four of the best footballing nations in the tournament who will battle it out starting tomorrow for a place in the final of the most prestigious and fiercely contested football tournament in the world, the semi-finals will be an extremely competitive affair, one that will see teams play with their hearts on their sleeves. Given the fixtures at hand and the way that this year’s matches have been played, the semi-finals promise to offer us two classics. Get in the mood for Belgium vs France and England vs Croatia with everything to know about these matches with our in-depth preview.
Tuesday 10 July
France vs Belgium – St Petersburg, 11:30 pm (Match 61) – Sony Ten 1, Ten 2/HD
Two of the youngest and most exciting nations will take on in the first semi-final in what promises to be the best match of the tournament till now. With a slew of international stars on both teams, the match is expected to be a goal fest with both sides expected to play their usual brand of full throttle football. When ballers like Hazard, De Bruyne, Mertens, Mbappé, Kante and Griezmann are at the show, you know goals are going to be flowing. While Belgium have easily outperformed France this tournament, the semi-finals are a whole different ballgame. The difference maker in the match could turn out to be French midfielders Kante. Crucial to France’s game, Kante will be at his usual best, breaking up Belgium’s game from midfield to attack, killing off supply to Hazard and Mertens which could turn the tie in France’s favour. Miss this epic at your own peril.
Wednesday 11 July
Croatia vs England – Moscow (Luzhniki), 11:30 pm (Match 62) – Sony Ten1, Ten 2/HD
It’s coming home! How many times have we heard this over the last month? And England’s progress to the last 4 has only made the English supporters chants of this louder and ever more incessant. However Croatia are the biggest challenge they’ll be facing till now this tournament. Having had the easiest passage to the semi-finals till now, England will finally be up against an opponent that can match them player for player. Will their premier league stars be able to overcome the likes of Modric, Mandzukic, Rakitic and Perisic? Only time will tell.
FIFA World Cup 2018 Semi Final Fixtures