Many are calling this match the real final of the tournament, and, with nothing less than the world cup on the line, rivals France and Belgium will collide in the most high stakes fixture to be played in Russian Federation.
"It has been a few years since he said what he said about me".
"I believe in it of course, especially as we find ourselves in the semi-finals having knocked out one of the top favourites".
Le Journal du Dimanche devoted six pages to the Franco-Belgian friendship and rivalry - this time with an excerpt from an Asterix comic book on its front page, while sports daily L'Equipe twisted Tintin's "Destination Moon" to feature French and Belgian players.
Nacer Chadli was Belgium's unlikely match-winner from the bench in their 3-2 last-16 win over Japan, earning a start at left wing-back for the quarter-final beating of Brazil that kept confidence coursing through the Red Devils squad.
This will be the first competitive meeting between the two sides since the 1986 World Cup, when France won 4-2 in the third-place playoff.
"A few hours after the game with Brazil, the focus was already on the game against France. Maybe it will be a more hard match than against Brazil".
Mbappe has scored three goals so far at the World Cup.
French teenage sensation Kylian Mbappe shattered Leo Messi's World Cup dreams when he scored a brace in the quarterfinals of the tournaments when Argentina went head to head against France. Pele hit a hat-trick against France in the semi-final of that tournament and is the last player under 20 to score in the final four. "But he is someone I really appreciate, I'm happy for him".
Eden Hazard has been directly involved in 14 goals in his last 14 games for Belgium (8 goals, 6 assists). This is his time to shine.