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Starting XI’s: Dembele In For Belgium, Matuidi Starts For France

Ahead of their eagerly anticipated World Cup semi-final showdown tonight, here are the starting lineups for both France and Belgium.

The first of this year’s World Cup semi-finals will take place this evening as France and Belgium go to battle for a spot in the final.

As two of the tournament’s favourites coming in, this is a pairing that could well be electric if all goes well. With the opportunity to face either England or Croatia in the final – expect some fireworks with this one.

For France, Blaise Matuidi re-enters the fray after missing on their quarter-final victory over Uruguay due to suspension. They will lineup as follows:

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

Belgium will field a similar lineup to the one that overcame Brazil but following his second yellow card since the start of the tournament, Thomas Meunier will be replaced by Moussa Dembele.

Courtois, Alderweireld, Kompany, Vertonghen, Chadli, Dembele, Witsel, Fellaini, De Bruyne, Lukaku, Hazard

Kick-off will take place at 7pm in the Saint Petersburg Stadium.

Cillian Cunningham, Pundit Arena

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Author: Cillian Cunningham

Lead mixed martial arts writer who can be contacted at cillian@punditarena.com.