Misfiring Olivier Giroud making unwanted World Cup history for France

Misfiring Olivier Giroud making unwanted World Cup history for France

Croatia takes on England in the tournament's second semifinal match Wednesday at 2 pm ET.

As neighbours France and Belgium take on each other in the first semi-final of the Fifa World Cup in St Petersburg in Russian Federation on Tuesday, July 10, the media is busy painting the rivalry as between two famous comic characters - Asterix and Tintin.

"It is weird to have Thierry against us in this match", Giroud said in a pre match press conference. We savour [the win] a little, but we must now focus on the final.

He said he was convinced that win or lose on Wednesday, his team had a bright future after decades of English under-achievement on the global stage.

In a Budweiser competition with ten other bars in the country for a £10,000 prize, this lively bar is gunning to be the venue which makes the most noise this football season, so it's definitely the place to head if you want a raucous atmosphere.

They will now face Croatia or England in Sunday's showdown and are likely to be heavy favourites regardless going into that match.

But you wouldn't know it judging by the training exercise the Three Lions have been taking part in.

It is the first time since 1998 that the nation of just over four million people have reached this stage, after they eliminated Russian Federation in a penalty shootout at the weekend.

In a World Cup filled with exciting comebacks and a record-breaking number of matches decided by penalty kicks, all it took for France to best a high-scoring Belgian team was a single goal.

Captain Eden Hazard shone at times but Kevin De Bruyne was quiet and Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku was a shadow of the player he had been earlier in the tournament, even though Belgium enjoyed most of the possession.

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