After stunning the favourites, Brazil, in the quarter-finals, Belgium face 1998 winners France with a place in the 2018 World Cup final up for grabs. verdict: Belgium’s ‘golden generation’ are starting to live up to their billing after beating Brazil in the quarter-finals, but this was always the tougher side of the knock-out draw and the tough games keep on coming. France are next up and this could go either way. Unbeaten since August 2016, however, this could be the day Belgium’s footballers make history and reach their first World Cup final.

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