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The first of the World Cup’s semi-finals sees two of Europe’s best footballing nations, France and Belgium, compete for a spot in the final. The match will be played at Saint Petersburg Stadium, with kick-off scheduled for 4am (AEST) on Wednesday, July 11.
Wednesday morning’s result will decide who goes through to take on either England or Croatia in this year’s final. This is The Roar’s guide to the game, where you will find all the information you need to know, including the start time and broadcast information.
France head into the clash with Belgium undefeated, having claimed two wins and a draw in the group stages before taking down Argentina (4-3) and Uruguay (2-0) on their way to the semis.
Belgium were even more impressive in the group stages, scoring nine goals and winning all three of their games. They snatched one-goal victories over Japan and Brazil to qualify for Wednesday’s match.
If you can force yourself to get out of bed, you can catch live coverage of the game on SBS, with the broadcast beginning at 3am (AEST). The actual game will begin at 4am.
Foxtel subscribers can tune in to the match in both high definition and standard definition on Channels 228 and 104 respectively, while free-to-air viewers can watch the game on Channels 30 and 31.
If you would like to stream the game online, you can use the World Game website or application.
You can also broadcast the game on Optus Sport. This online service will set you back $15, that is unless you are already an Optus customer, in which case you can access it free of charge.
Date: Wednesday, July 11 (Aus)
Kick-off time: 4am (AEST)
Venue: Saint Petersburg Stadium
TV: Live, SBS
Online: Live, The World Game (SBS)
Betting: France $2.50, Draw $3.10, Belgium $3.20
Overall record: 73 played; Belgium 30 wins, France 24 wins, 19 draws
Referee: Andres Cunha (Uruguay)
Hugo Lloris (captain), Benjamin Pavard, Presnel Kimpembe, Raphaël Varane, Samuel Umtiti, Paul Pogba, Antoine Griezmann, Thomas Lemar, Olivier Giroud, Kylian Mbappé, Ousmane Dembélé, Corentin Tolisso, N’Golo Kanté, Blaise Matuidi, Steven Nzonzi, Steve Mandanda, Adil Rami, Nabil Fekir, Djibril Sidibé, Florian Thauvin, Lucas Hernández, Benjamin Mendy, Alphonse Areola.
Thibaut Courtois, Toby Alderweireld, Thomas Vermaelen, Vincent Kompany, Jan Vertonghen, Axel Witsel, Kevin De Bruyne, Marouane Fellaini, Romelu Lukaku, Eden Hazard (captain), Yannick Carrasco, Simon Mignolet, Koen Casteels, Dries Mertens, Thomas Meunier, Thorgan Hazard, Youri Tielemans, Adnan Januzaj, Mousa Dembélé, Dedryck Boyata, Michy Batshuayi, Nacer Chadli, Leander Dendoncker.