Belgium vs France – Nations League semi-final: Live score and updates

Belgium vs France LIVE: Neighbours battle for a place in the UEFA Nations League final as Didier Deschamps’ out-of-form Les Bleus bid to bounce back without midfield anchor N’Golo Kante

  • Belgium and France meet at the Juventus Stadium in the Nations League semi 
  • Roberto Martinez’s men are in form after big wins over Estonia, Belarus and the Czech Republic
  • France meanwhile have dropped points to Ukraine and Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Les Bleus are without N’Golo Kante due to the Chelsea man’s positive covid test 
  • A Ferran Torres double gave Spain a 2-1 win over Italy last night 
  • Latest Nations League news, including live action and results 

Old foes and close neighbours Belgium and France go head to head inside the Juventus arena this evening, with hopes of progressing to the UEFA Nations League final.

It is the first meeting of the two sides meet since the last four stage of the 2018 Russia World Cup.

Roberto Martinez’s men are in form and enjoying a nice swing of momentum following big wins over Estonia, Belarus and the Czech Republic, while France are searching for an upturn of fortunes after dropping points to Ukraine and Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Follow Sportsmail’s SAM BLITZ for live Nations League semi-final coverage of Belgium vs France, including build-up, team news and updates.

Host commentator

This season started so brightly for Romelu Lukaku, who netted three goals in his first three games back at Chelsea following his £98m move from Inter Milan.

But the Belgium forward has undergone a slight mini-drought since the middle of September, failing to find the net in his last five matches.

Belgium boss Roberto Martinez is backing the Chelsea man to end that barren run in front of goal tonight. 

It’s a Turin return for Paul Pogba, who spent four years at Juventus between 2012 and 2016 before securing a then-world record £94m transfer back to Manchester United five years ago.

Pogba is back on his old stomping ground tonight and has been urged by his former Juventus team-mate Juan Cuadrado to stay where he is and not head back to Manchester.

Pogba’s Man United contract expires at the end of the season and his agent has linked him with a Juventus return next year. 

Teams are warming up at the Allianz Stadium this evening. Some all-star names in Turin for this one…

While a lot of the attention will focus on France vs Belgium tonight, let’s look at what happened in the other semi-final between Italy and Spain last night.

Roberto Mancini’s side lost a match for the first time in 37 matches as Ferran Torres’ double helped Luis Enrique’s Spain to victory over the ten-man Azzurri.

Here’s how Sportsmail’s MATT BARLOW watched the action at the San Siro last night…

Exciting team news from the French squad sees the Hernandez brothers – Lucas and Theo – start on the same pitch together.

They are the first siblings to play for a Les Bleus side since the Revelli brothers in 1974.

Apart from that, no real surprises from Didier Deschamps with regards to his line-up this evening. 

It appears both teams have gone with a back five from the start with a mouthwatering attacking battle in prospect…

BELGIUM: Courtois, Alderweireld, Denayer, Vertonghen, Castagne, Witsel, Tielemans, Carrasco, De Bruyne, Lukaku, Hazard.

FRANCE: Lloris, Kounde, Varane, L Hernandez, Pavard, Pogba, Rabiot, T Hernandez, Benzema, Griezmann, Mbappe.

Hello and welcome to Sportsmail’s live coverage of the second Nations League semi-final. Spain made it through last night after beating Italy and now it’s the turn of Belgium and France to battle for the other spot in the final.

Source: Read Full Article