World Cup Day 20 Betting Recap: France and Belgium Progress to Meet in Semifinal
Half of the World Cup semifinal has been set after France knocked off Uruguay, 2-0, and Belgium beat Brazil 2-1.
France will now take on Belgium for a chance to reach the World Cup final.
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Here’s a look at all the betting results from Friday.
Match #58: Brazil vs. Belgium (Quarterfinal)
Result: Brazil 1-2 Belgium (Belgium advances to semifinal)
Moneyline: Belgium +275
Spread: Belgium +0.5 (-130)
Total: Over 2.5 (-116)
Belgium struck early on an own goal from a corner kick to go up 1-0, already the 30th goal created from a set piece in this tournament. An own goal to be the first of the match was listed at +2500.
Less than 20 minutes later, Belgium scored again on a brilliant counter attack started from Romelu Lukaku and finished by Kevin De Bruyne.
Belgium took a 2-0 lead into halftime, a scoreline that was listed with +2000 odds before the match.
Brazil created a ton of chances early in the second half but couldn’t capitalize. Until the 76th minute.
The last 15 minutes felt like an eternity for Belgium fans and bettors (trust me), but they somehow held on for the 2-1 victory. The final scoreline paid out +1200.
Belgium now have the second-best odds (+245) to win the World Cup, behind France (+205).
Match #57: France vs. Uruguay (Quarterfinal)
Result: France 2-0 Uruguay (France advances to semifinal)
Moneyline: France (+103)
Spread: France -0.5 (+103)
Total: Push (2 goals)
Uruguay had the edge early in the match, but France got on the board in the 40th minute on a Raphael Varane header.
He was a +3300 longshot to net the first goal of the game, and France led 1-0 at halftime. The first goal coming from a header was listed at +550.
It was a competitive second half until Antoine Griezmann’s strike from outside the box slipped through Fernando Muslera’s hands and into the net, putting France up 2-0.
At that point the game looked to be over, and unfortunately Uruguay were never able to mount a comeback. It clearly hurt them not having Edinson Cavani to create/finish chances in the box.