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    European Superpowers Clash for Quarter Final Spot: France vs Belgium Preview

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    European Superpowers Clash for Quarter Final Spot: France vs Belgium Preview
    • June 30, 2024 • 21 days ago
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    France and Belgium will face off in the UEFA EURO 2024 round of 16, with both teams looking to advance to the quarterfinals. Despite a historical advantage for Belgium, France has had recent success against them, including a 1-0 win in the 2018 World Cup semifinals. Both teams had disappointing group stages, finishing second in their respective groups. The match promises to be a thrilling encounter, with France's solid defense and Kylian Mbappe's scoring form facing off against Belgium's individual talent and attacking prowess.

    France and Belgium are set to clash in a highly anticipated UEFA EURO 2024 round of 16 match at the Dusseldorf Arena on Monday, July 1st.

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    The two teams have a rich history, having faced each other 75 times, with Belgium holding a slight advantage with 30 wins to France's 26. However, France has had the upper hand in recent competitive meetings, defeating Belgium 1-0 in the 2018 World Cup semifinals and 3-1 in the UEFA Nations League semifinals.

    Despite their historical advantage, Belgium has struggled in the group stage, finishing second to Romania with a win, a draw, and a loss.

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    France, too, had a disappointing group stage, finishing second to Austria with a win and two draws.

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    Both teams were expected to top their respective groups, but their performances have been underwhelming.

    However, France's masked captain, Kylian Mbappe, finally broke his scoring drought in the tournament with a goal against Poland in their third group game. Although the match ended in a 1-1 draw, Mbappe's goal will have boosted his confidence and France's chances against Belgium. Robert Lewandowski's penalty equalizer for Poland was a reminder that France's defense, although solid, is not impenetrable.

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    Kylian Mbappe playing with a mask.

    France's defense has been one of the strongest in the tournament, conceding only one goal so far. This will be a concern for Belgium, who failed to score in two of their group matches. Belgium's reliance on individual talent, particularly in attack, will be put to the test against France's organized defense.

    The possible starting lineups for both teams suggest a thrilling contest, with France's Mbappe, Griezmann, and Dembele forming a potent attacking trio. Belgium's Lukaku, De Bruyne, and Carrasco will need to be at their best to breach France's defense.

    The coaches, Didier Deschamps and Domenico Tedesco, are well aware of the stakes and the challenges their teams face. Deschamps acknowledged Belgium's individual talent and their potential to cause problems, while Tedesco emphasized his team's ambition to win and their desire to face the best teams in the tournament.

    This match promises to be a thrilling encounter between two teams with a rich history and a desire to lift the trophy. Will France's solid defense and Mbappe's scoring form be enough to overcome Belgium's individual talent? Or will Belgium's attacking prowess and Lukaku's goal-scoring ability prove too much for France? The stage is set for a classic round of 16 tie at the Dusseldorf Arena.

    France possible starting lineup:
    Maignan; Kounde, Saliba, Upamecano, Hernandez; Kante, Tchouameni; Dembele, Griezmann, Rabiot; Mbappe

    Belgium possible starting lineup:
    Casteels; Castagne, Faes, Vertonghen, Theate; Tielemans, Onana; Doku, De Bruyne, Carrasco; Lukaku

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