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Kick Off: 10/07/2021 14:45
Allianz Stadium in Turin will have the honor to host the huge UEFA Nations League semifinal between neighbors Belgium and France on Thursday evening.
Belgium eased to top spot in League A Group 2 to advance to the final four. One of Belgium's two defeats in their last 31 games across all tournaments did come in their Nations League group almost a year ago. They otherwise gleaned five wins, 15 points and 16 goals scored to finish atop the pile. Belgium were stopped at the recent Euro 2020 by the latter winners Italy, coming 2-1 short in the quarterfinal of the competition.
France pipped reigning champions Portugal to top spot in Group 3. France played five successive draws before beating Finland 2-0 at home in the most recent World Cup qualifier. Their run of draws includes the early Euro 2020 elimination to Switzerland (3-3, loss on penalties in the last 16 round) and a shocking 1-1 score against the likes of Bosnia and Herzegovina in the World Cup qualifications. Anyway, only one of France's last 14 competitive and non-competitive fixtures has ended in defeat.
This could be an entertaining affair. Both teams have a lot of world-class talent at their disposal and things could open up once a goal is scored on either end. However, the absence of Kante will be a huge blow to France. So, expect Belgium to eke out a narrow win.
Belgium to Win