The upcoming clash between the two European giants and neighbors, France and Belgium are one of the most anticipated games in world football right now. It might seem an impossible task to pick the best 11 players from the immense quality of both of the squads, but here at Khelpanda, we try.
Here are the best eleven players who will be on the pitch on Tuesday.
(GK) Thibaut Courtois – Belgium
— Belgian Red Devils (@BelRedDevils) July 7, 2018
Thibaut Courtois has been sensational in the World Cup for Belgium, especially in their tie against Brazil where the Chelsea stopper gave his best performance in the World Cup yet. He made 9 saves, all of them match-saving, and helped his team beat Brazil to reach the semi-finals.
(RB) Benjamin Pavard – France
Pavard to Di Maria: Anything you can do I can do better! 🚀😱 pic.twitter.com/ugnBrIyp0i
— FOX Soccer (@FOXSoccer) June 30, 2018
Pavard had scored his first goal in the World Cup against Argentina, and it was a banger by every definition. The Stuttgart defender has been having a decent campaign with his country in the World Cup and will definitely look to cement his position in the French lineup.
(CB) Jan Vertonghen – Belgium
Tottenham stalwart, Jan Vertonghen inspired Belgium‘s spectacular comeback against Japan by scoring the first goal for the Belgians in the match, urging his teammates to grab the impossible victory.
(CB) Raphael Varane – France
France are through!
Varane and Griezmann send Les Bleus to their first FIFA World Cup semifinal since 2006! pic.twitter.com/1vcGu1e99H
— FOX Soccer (@FOXSoccer) July 6, 2018
Varane certainly stepped up for France when they needed him most. His opening goal against the Uruguayans was sensational. Overall, the Real Madrid defender put on a fine performance for his country.
(LB) Lucas Hernandez – France
— OptaJean (@OptaJean) July 8, 2018
One of the players who are in the shadows of the overwhelming French squad. Lucas Hernandez has been a consistent performer for Les Blues.
(CM) N’Golo Kante – France
"I actually have 2 lungs, like everyone else."
– N'Golo Kanté pic.twitter.com/5hxJXwZhAT
— Transfer News (@TrustyTransfers) July 7, 2018
One of the best players in the campaign for France, Chelsea‘s N’Golo Kante has been one of the main reasons for France’s success in the World Cup this year.
(CM) Kevin De Bruyne – Belgium
— Kevin De Bruyne (@DeBruyneKev) July 6, 2018
De Bruyne put in a decent performance against Brazil and was the scorer of an absolute screamer in that match. The Manchester City playmaker has been crucial for Belgium in their World Cup campaign and will remain so in their semi-final tie against dangerous France.
(CAM) Antoine Griezmann – France
— Antoine Griezmann (@AntoGriezmann) July 6, 2018
Antoine Griezmann has been a key figure for Les Blues, he has been having an excellent campaign in the World Cup. The Atletico forward has registered 3 goals and an assist in 5 matches, he is also the penalty taker for his country so he has a fair chance of adding a decent amount of goals to his tally as they go further into the semi-finals. With a goal and an assist for Les Blues against Uruguay, Greizmann was undoubtedly the premier performer in the quarter-finals of this World Cup. The Atletico forward will be key to whether or not France lift the World Cup.
(LW) Eden Hazard – Belgium
Top rated players at the #WorldCup so far
— WhoScored.com (@WhoScored) July 8, 2018
Eden Hazard has been unquestionably phenomenal for the Red Devils in this World Cup. The Chelsea superstar also became the first player to win all 10 of his take-ons in a World Cup match since 1966.
(RW) Kylian Mbappe – France
Rendez-vous en demi-finale 🇫🇷👍🏽 pic.twitter.com/vnUFHORW7u
— Kylian Mbappé (@KMbappe) July 6, 2018
The 19-year old has been nothing short of extraordinary this World Cup. Mbappe has already scored 3 goals in his 4 starts for France. The young superstar was especially phenomenal against the Argentinians, winning a penalty and scoring a brace in a match that ended 4-3.
(ST) Romelu Lukaku – Belgium
The one true Red Devil, Romelu Lukaku has already netted 4 goals & 1 assists in just 4 games in this World Cup, second to only England’s Harry Kane. One could argue that his decision to not shoot the ball in the 94th minute against Japan was better than his goals for Belgium.