Belgium BEL Carrasco (37'), Lukaku (40')
2-3 FT
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France FRA Benzema (62'), Mbappé (Pen 69'), Hernández (90')
UEFA Nations League Semi-finals
Oct 7, 2021 KO: 18:45

Belgium - France

Allianz Stadium Torino
Referee: Daniel Siebert
Carrasco 37'  
Lukaku 40'  
  62' Benzema
  69' Mbappé (Pen)
  90' Hernández

Match preview

How France and Belgium could line up in Nations League semi-final

France and Belgium go head-to-head in their first meeting since Les Bleus won 1-0 in the 2018 World Cup semi-final

France will meet Belgium in the Nations League semi-final Thursday in a repeat of the 2018 World Cup semi-final.

Didier Deschamps’ side won on that occasion by a single goal scored by Samuel Umtiti six minutes into the second half.

While the narrative is that the pragmatism of Les Bleus secured a smash-and-grab victory on that evening, in reality, Deschamps’ men completed a well-executed victory. They might only have posted 36% of possession, but they limited their opponents to three shots on target over the course of the fixture.

Nevertheless, this is a revenge mission that the Belgians have long been waiting for.

Belgium will have to do without Thierry Henry on their bench for the match. France’s all-time record scorer has a bad back and will not be among the coaching staff.

On the playing front, meanwhile, Borussia Dortmund right-back Thomas Meunier, Rennes winger Jeremy Doku and Napoli attacker Dries Mertens are all on the sidelines.

There are also doubts over centre-back Jason Denayer, who did not train on Tuesday. If he is absent, Dedrick Boyata will take his place in the squad.

Equally, Thorgan Hazard is not 100% certain to be fit and could have his spot taken by Alexis Saelemaekers.

France have a far healthier squad. Les Bleus are only set to miss N’Golo Kante, who has Covid.

Karim Benzema will lead the line supported by Kylian Mbappe and Antoine Griezmann, while in midfield Adrien Rabiot and Paul Pogba are favourites to start.

Benjamin Pavard will feature on the right while Lucas Digne and Theo Hernandez will battle for the opportunity to play on the left.

Presnel Kimpembe, Raphael Varane and Lucas Hernandez are set to start in a three-man defence in front of goalkeeper Hugo Lloris, who will win his 133rd cap.

Probable France and Belgium starting XIs

Belgium vs France - Football tactics and formations

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  Average Match Rating  
7.4
  Home  
6.9
6.9
  Away  
6.7
7.2
  Total  
6.8

Match statistics

Belgium
Statistics
France
Games Played
20
20
 
Results
 
Wins
15
12
Draws
3
6
Losses
2
2
 
Goals Scoring
 
Goals Scored
49
40
Goals Per Game
2.45
2.00
More > 2.5 Goals
12
8
More > 3 Goals
5
5
Scored First in a Match
13
10
Scored Both Halves
8
8
Won More > 1 Goal
9
7
 
Other
 
Goals Conceded
16
17
Did Not Score
0
2
Both Teams Scored
12
10
Kept Clean Sheet
8
9
Won Without Conceding
8
8
Games Played
20
20
 
Possession
 
Touches
792
750
Possession
59
53
Passes
639
576
 
Attacking
 
Total Shots
12
13
Shots on Target
5.44
4.56
Goals out of Shots
0.22
0.15
Crosses
13
17
Offsides
2.21
2.57
Penalties
0.20
0.10
 
Defensive
 
Clean Sheets
0.40
0.45
Tackles Won
-
-
Clearances
12
12
Interceptions
8.31
11
Own Goals
0.05
0.00
Aerials Won
12
13
Total Shots Conceded
10.00
8.06
Shots on Target Conceded
2.93
2.81
Goals out of Shots Conceded
0.10
0.12
 
Discipline
 
Fouls
10
12
Yellow Cards
1.15
1.20
Red Cards
0.00
0.05