July 8, 2018 / 3:10 PM / 7 months ago

FACTBOX-Soccer-France v Belgium

July 8 (Reuters) - France play Belgium in a World Cup semi-final in St Petersburg on Tuesday:

Where: Saint Petersburg Stadium, St Petersburg

Capacity: 68,134

When: Tuesday, July 10, 21:00 local (1800 GMT/1400 ET)

Referee: To be announced

Key stats:

*Belgium have reached the World Cup semi-finals for only the second time, losing out to eventual winners Argentina in 1986.

*Roberto Martinez’s side are unbeaten in 23 matches. Their last defeat in a competitive match was to Wales in the quarter-finals of Euro 2016.

*Belgium have scored more goals than any other team at the tournament (14).

*Belgium have had nine different goalscorers at this year’s World Cup (excluding own goals). Only Italy in 2006 and France in 1982 (10 each) have ever had more in a single tournament.

*Romelu Lukaku has scored 17 goals and made three assists in his last 13 Belgium appearances.

*Belgium full back Thomas Meunier will miss the match after being booked during the quarter-final against Brazil.

*France have progressed to the World Cup semi-final for the sixth time, reaching the final twice - in 1998 and 2006.

*Didier Deschamps’ side have scored with each of their last six shots on target at the tournament.

*Antoine Griezmann has netted seven goals in his past six appearances in the knockout stages of a major tournament.

*France have conceded just four goals in their five matches in the tournament.

Previous meetings: The European rivals have a long history, facing each other 73 times. France have won 24, Belgium 30, with 19 draws. (Compiled by Hardik Vyas in Bengaluru, editing by Neil Robinson)

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