The game will feature plenty of talented attackers and has the potential to be one of the most exciting games of the competition.
The European neighbours meet in Tuesday's first semi-final in Saint Petersburg for the right to play England or Croatia in Sunday's showpiece in Moscow.
France were not about to roll over however as the trio of Paul Pogba, Antoine Griezmann and Kylian Mbappe turned it up a notch to inspire Les Bleus back into the game.
Belgium took early control of midfield with France content to sit deep and eliminate the threat of counter-attacks Hazard and De Bruyne.
Three of the five goalsBelgium conceded were from dead-ball situations, but Martinez refused to admit that failure to prepare for defending set pieces was his team's undoing in Russian Federation.
"Belgium blew Brazil away with a devastating show of attacking football".
Belgium faced a heart-stopping moment of uncertainty in the first knockout round against Japan, when Martinez's decision to rest players in their final group match against England nearly backfired spectacularly.
The Belgians, often said to now have a "golden generation" of players, have looked impressive during their run at the tournament, which included a 2-1 victory over Brazil in the last eight.
The Chelsea winger was outstanding in the first half but his influence waned after the break as Didier Deschamps' side retreated into their shells once Samuel Umtiti had headed the only goal of the game in the 50th minute.
Roberto Martinez's swashbuckling Belgium side head into Tuesday's semi-final with familiar foes France as the World Cup's leading scorers, but their old rivals have evolved as the tournament has progressed and will also be full of confidence.
Confidence is sky-high after they ousted Neymar's Brazil in the quarter-finals but they will come up against formidable opponents in France as they try to reach a first ever World Cup final.
At the final whistle, there were congratulations and commiserations for and from Henry as he hugged and spoke with players on both sides.
From Griezmann's corner, Umtiti beat Marouane Fellaini at the near post and powered a header home to put France ahead.
He joined the Belgium setup in 2016 just after Martinez was appointed and reportedly set to work immediately with forwards Romelu Lukaku and Michy Batshuayi. Giving an insight into his managerial nous, Mourinho explained set piece training ideally fits the World Cup schedule, which results in a reduced reliance on goals from open play. In the end France were just too savvy for Belgium.
In search of the equalizer, Belgium repeatedly sent over crosses from both wings but Umtiti and Varane, both centre backs, used their bodies cleverly to hold off Fellaini and Lukaku.
France captain and keeper Hugo Lloris, who played for two seasons with Henry in the national team, said: "He is a huge player and a great gentleman of French football". France were in the final of the Euros, but I don't want any of my players to be frustrated or disappointed.
Another party worker, Yaseen Khan, said a deafening explosion rocked the compound as Haroon Bilour shook hands with supporters. The bombing came hours after the Pakistan military spokesman warned about security threats ahead of the national elections.
The 27-year-old has been a sensational presence in the Premier League and is only beginning to hit his peak. The competition ends this weekend, which is when activity can be expected in the transfer window.
Gulen himself, who has been residing in the United States since 1999, has refuted all the allegations on numerous occasions. Turkey regularly carries out such operations as part of a large-scale government crackdown on Gulen's movement.
In the end, it had to settle for a more modest $54 million valuation as it raised $4.7 billion from the IPO. Mo Jia, a Shanghai-based analyst with industry consultancy Canalys, said the weak debut was to be expected.
That evenness is why France is the team to beat in the mind of Jeffrey Marcus, publisher of the World Cup newsletter "The Banter". The bracket contains all teams within all eight groups and how they place into the round of 16 in the knockout stage.
Belgium is the team France has met the most over its history and we have to go back to 1904 for the first match. I have not yet experienced that a striker plays so far from goal. "That's the quality that he has".
Hazard could find the lure of Champions League football too great, with Chelsea missing out after finishing fifth last season. Ronaldo, meanwhile, exited the competition with Portugal at the last-16 phase, beaten 2-1 by Uruguay.
Pep is committed to playing attacking football, which is a flawless for me, and City's performances last season were outstanding. Leicester had already brought in cover with the £24m arrival of attacking midfielder James Maddison from Norwich.
The elder Hammond was initially sentenced to three months in prison, while his son was ordered to a year and one day behind bars. In 2012, Dwight Hammond and his son Steven Hammond were convicted of committing arson on federal land on two separate occasions.
Two of the eight rescued so far have shown signs of a potential lung infection, but there is a hope they could honour the invite. All 12 boys trapped underground in Thailand have been rescued following the "largest, most complex cave rescue in history".
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Fox leads McIlroy and co
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Warframe coming to Nintendo Switch
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US to slap tariffs on extra $200 billion of Chinese imports
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Dominic Raab is the new Brexit secretary
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